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Can you keep productivity up during the summer?

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

Blog July 28 covering vacationIs everyone on your team taking days off this summer?

It falls to managers and human resources leaders to make sure the team and organization run smoothly during peak vacation months. Avoid project delays and deadline extensions from summer vacation with the right policies, strategic temporary staff, and planning ahead.

Create and maintain good vacation policies

A good vacation policy should ensure that employees give enough notice, are not overlapping with other members of their team, and understand their rights and obligations. These policies are important because they set the minimum standard that allows your business enough time and staff to continue operations. Make sure front line managers and team leads have a strong understanding of why the policies are in place, and know how to manage their teams to still meet their objectives.

Use temporary staff to boost your workforce productivity

Temporary workers are a flexible way to bring skilled and experienced workers into your company. From specialized workers to support projects, to administrative and HR professionals who can reduce the administrative burden, temporary staffing options are a cost-effective way to boost your workforce during the summer months. And if you'll be increasing headcount in Fall, temp-to-perm hiring offers a risk-free opportunity to trial potential team members.

To support increased needs during the summer, Hays has mobilized specialized divisions to place exceptional Human Resource and Office Professionals in assignments as short as one day and as long as a Maternity Leave. Contact our team for more information.

Create individual plans for vacation cover

Vacation is vital for all employees so they can return refreshed, reducing the risks of stress leave and burn out. However, your company still needs to operate while everyone takes their much-deserved breaks. Create a standard template for employees and team leads to manage their time off. Have them list their top priorities, what tasks are most important, who is responsible for those tasks while they are away and what the employee needs to do to prepare their colleagues to keep the lights on while they're away.


Are your vacation packages competitive? Find out in the 2015 Salary Guide.  

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