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8 Tips to Better Manage HR Employee Time Off During the Holiday Season

Time Off During the Holiday Season

While the holidays may be a time of pleasure and celebration, they can also be stressful for businesses and their HR teams. It is important to manage HR employee time off during the holiday season.

Why? The end-of-year tasks must be completed, quotas must be reached, and shifts must be filled at the busiest time of the year. Therefore, you have to manage HR employee expectations for time off during this busy period.

So, how can you keep track of staff time off over the holidays without letting things fall through the cracks?” Take a look at these eight pointers to make the holiday season merrier for you and your staff.

1. Make a Holiday Time-Off Policy 

Most people look forward to the holidays as a time to spend with friends and family. However, the holidays can also be a time of stress for many people. It is especially true for those who have to work during the holiday season. If you are one of these people, you may want to consider creating a holiday time-off policy. A holiday time-off policy can help to ensure that you will have time to enjoy the holidays. 

Most people enjoy the holidays, but they can also be very stressful. There is a lot to do between buying gifts, traveling to see family, and preparing food. It’s no wonder that many people feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. One way to reduce stress is to take some time off from work. It can be a great way to relax and spend time with family and friends.

2. Set a Deadline

It can be tough to get motivated to do something without a deadline. Setting a deadline can be the push you need to start or finish a project. Having a set timeframe for a task can help you stay focused and on track. When creating a deadline, make sure it is realistic and achievable. Giving yourself a timeline for completing a goal can help you achieve it more efficiently.

Setting a deadline is an effective way to motivate yourself to get things done. When you know you have to finish something by a specific time, you’re more likely to be productive and stay on track. It’s also an excellent way to avoid procrastination. If you set a deadline for yourself and then stick to it, you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals.

3. Prioritize Requests

Animation’s ability to prioritize requests is critical to its overall success. By understanding the relative importance of various tasks and activities, an organization can ensure that its most important work is given the attention it deserves.

There are several factors to consider when prioritizing requests. One of the most important is the impact of the task on the organization’s goals. Other factors include the urgency of the request, the available resources, and the time required to complete the job. 

Do you ever feel like you can’t do everything you ask? You’re not alone. It seems like everyone is always asking for something in today’s world. It can be hard to prioritize and when to say no. But, with a little bit of organization and some prioritization skills, you can get everything done without feeling overwhelmed.

4. Clarify Organizational Needs

To clarify organizational needs, it is essential to first understand what is meant by the term. Organizational needs can be described as the specific requirements or demands of an organization that must be met to function effectively. They can include anything from the need for a specific type of equipment or software to employees with a particular set of skills. Organizational needs are usually met through organizational resources, including human and financial resources. Organizations that cannot meet their organizational needs will be unable to function effectively.

5. Establish Blackout Periods

The National Sleep Foundation recommends establishing blackout periods to ensure a good night’s sleep. Screens should be turned off during these periods, and all light sources should be avoided. It can be done by setting a time each evening when all devices are turned off and keeping them turned off until the morning. 

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is by exercising daily. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting 30 minutes of exercise every day. It can be done in three ways; taking a brisk walk, doing yoga, or going for a run. 

6. Shut Down

As an alternative, you may want to consider closing your doors for the holidays so that your staff can spend more time with their loved ones.

The days you close down may or may not leave you with the funds necessary to pay all of your staff. Work with the HR team and the rest of your management team to figure out whether you can close for the holidays and still pay your workers.

7. Offer Rewards for Working

In a perfect world, everyone would love their job and do it for the intrinsic reward of being well done. But in the real world, people need extrinsic motivation too. Monetary rewards are one way to provide that extra push to get people to work harder.

Studies have shown that offering rewards for working can be an effective way to increase productivity. Many companies have switched to offering bonuses or commissions for sales, but the concept has been used for years in the education sector. To reduce your employees’ stress levels, you should consider providing a small reward for their efforts. 

8. Be Flexible by Staggering Schedules

A recent study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management found that nearly one-third of employees say they cannot take time off work when they need it. It is likely due, in part, to the fact that most workers are not allowed to trade shifts with co-workers. Allowing employees to swap shifts can help to improve morale and flexibility within the workplace. A more recent study found that employees authorized to trade shifts reported higher job satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and increased engagement. 


In conclusion, by following the 8 tips mentioned in this article, employers can help their employees have a more enjoyable and less stressful holiday season. By creating a plan and communicating expectations early on, employers can ensure that employees take full advantage of their time off. Finally, employers can create a positive work environment that will benefit everyone during the holiday season by being understanding and flexible when needed.

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    Christine Lee

    Christine is a former HR manager from Fortune 500 tech companies and has managed hiring, compensation and benefits, and payroll responsibilities for multiple companies.

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