Summer will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start making a staffing strategy for the most relaxed time of the year. No doubt, most of your employees want to take time off during the summer months, which can be especially problematic if business heats up during this season.

Here are five tips to keep your employees happy and your company running smoothly during the warmest, sunniest months of the year.

Seek Vacation Requests Early

The more time you have to prepare for summer vacation coverage, the better. Ask your team to submit their requests for time off this season as soon as possible, so you can see what’s headed your way. This will give you more time to plan, so you can grant as many requests as possible.

Your employees work hard, and they deserve to use their vacation days when they want. It might not be possible to give everyone their first choice, but with enough notice, some people might be able to move things around, so a date change doesn’t ruin their vacation plans.

Ensure Full Coverage at All Times

Granting as many vacation requests as possible is ideal, but your company has to come first. Being the boss means sometimes making hard decisions that will be unpopular. No matter how much you want to let all employees have their first-choice vacation dates, you can’t if it means there won’t be enough people at the office to handle business operations.

Encourage Good Attendance

No doubt, you’ve seen more than a few employees call in sick on warm summer days when the sun is shining brightly. These people didn’t seem sick the day before or after, but there’s no way to actually prove they’re faking it.

When you’re already working on a skeleton crew, a surge in unplanned absences can turn your business into mass chaos. Minimize this by giving people an incentive to come to work. For example, offer a cash bonus — excluding any pre-arranged time off — or grant extra vacation days to employees who have perfect attendance this summer.

Plan Ahead for Seasonal Spikes

If summer is your company’s busiest time of year, start preparing for the rush now. This might involve alerting employees that you’ll need them to work overtime or hiring temporary staffers to assist with the overflow. Having a plan in place ahead of time will allow you to easily handle a surge in business, instead of sending your team into panic mode.

Partner With a Staffing Agency

Ease the stress of summer staffing by leaving the work to a recruiter. They’ll connect you with skilled temporary workers who can fill in when they’re needed, without any obligation to keep them on when you no longer have a need for them. This will allow you to grant more vacation requests and maximize profits by meeting your seasonal demand, no matter how high it rises.

Wood Staffing is here to help make sure your company is fully staffed this summer. Contact us today to find talented temporary staffers ready to fill in the gaps at your Michiana company when you need them.

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