It’s that time of year again, we’re in July and the end of term is approaching. The summer holidays in July and August often lead to the highest amounts of staff Annual Leave in the year.
This period can be a huge dip in productivity for small and medium sized businesses, where the absence of a single employee can lead to work being delayed until they are back or a project stalling as key resources are unavailable.
You can plan around this as best you can, but the everyday realities of work mean something will always come up that has to wait because the right person isn’t there to deal with it.
There are a few things you can do to improve the situation though, particularly as your employees may be more willing to help than you would think. Surprisingly recent research has shown that one third of UK office workers are failing to take their full annual leave entitlement, and 27% “felt guilty about requesting holiday” because it would leave their colleagues “in the lurch”.