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Managing Staff Over Holidays: 3 Days Of Annual Leave Becomes A 10-day Break

With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays this festive season, and the rush of public holidays, your employees can potentially secure a ten-day break simply by taking just three days of annual leave.

So, if you’re not closing down, expect the period from Wednesday 28 until Friday 30 December to be top of your annual leave requests. If you can’t grant everyone’s leave requests, make sure you plan around this. See some great tips in our Managing Staff Over Holidays guide.

However, even if you are shutting down for the week between Christmas and New Year, you may want to consider shutting down your business for longer than normal, particularly if it’s a traditionally quiet time for your business.

Closing down until Monday 9 January ensures that your employees use up more leave and benefit from a well-earned break over the summer.

Wait, there’s more…1 day of annual leave becomes a 4-day break

Looking even further ahead, it’s important to bear in mind that Australia Day 2017 falls on a Thursday. So, Friday 27th January may also become a magnet for annual leave requests. I’m sure this will be a popular option for lots of employees who want to turn one day of annual leave into a four-day break. ­ Especially as it’ll be the last long weekend of the summer before the kids go back to school. It also falls directly prior to Chinese New Year.

Don’t get caught short with annual leave requests. Get on the front foot now, seek leave requests early, and publish your rosters well in advance!

The magic of diversity

While celebrating the festive season in your workplace this year, it’s important to celebrate diversity and be mindful that many of your workers come from other cultures.

Other cultural and religious events and festivities that take place during this time may be more important to some of your employees. They include:

  • 12 December: Mawild al-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday)
  • 24 December – 1 January 2017: Chanukah – Festival of Lights
  • 28 January: Chinese New Year

For more information on significant multicultural festivals, the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services website publishes a comprehensive list of cultural and religious dates.

Avoid employment headaches over the holidays

For more tips on how to manage your staff over the holidays, download our festive guide. We’ve wrapped up everything you need to know to avoid employment headaches over the season. The Managing Staff Over Holidays eBook includes, gearing up to hire extra staff, managing a shutdown over Christmas, how to minimise risks at your Christmas party, and how best to schedule staff over the holidays.

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