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We all have holiday traditions in one form or another. At Thanksgiving I take a ride in the wayback machine. I listen to REO Speedwagon's "Flying Turkey Trot" as a last stand before the onslaught of seemingly endless holiday music. And I watch Mr. Carlson's ill-fated "Turkeys Away" promotion before the cloud of Hallmark sentimentality descends upon the land.
For most of your employees, their holiday traditions will include shopping, seeing family and trying to get those coveted days off that surround each holiday.
It's not just your employees who may be distracted. If you're like most small business owners, you're thinking about the holidays too. Spending time with your family and celebrating your success is one of the reasons you started your own business in the first place.
When you take holidays and vacation days into consideration, for the next month or so your payroll may be a little higher while your staff's production is going to be lower. And though this may irk you a little, just keep in mind that your customers' expectations are a little lower this time of year and their level of understanding is a little higher.
Most employees are excited about the holidays. One reason is they get to see family members they may only see this time of year. Often that means they need to travel, one of the most stressful parts of any holiday.
It's important to many on your staff to be able to take a few vacation days around each holiday. This can be to allow for easier holiday travel or just some extra time to recover/decompress from being immersed in family for days at a time. Scheduling this time off can be tricky business. There are more people who want those days off than you can spare. This means there can be hard feelings from those who don't get the days they want (while others may get the same requested days). Management tends to get their pick of days, which - as you can imagine - doesn't always go over well with the rank and file employees.