As the holiday season approaches, many employees eagerly anticipate some well-deserved time off to recharge and celebrate with their loved ones. FS PTO holiday blog.png

However, for businesses looking to ensure their operations continue to run seamlessly, the challenge lies in the increased number of employee vacations and time away from the office. Managing productivity during this time can be a challenge, but with the right strategies in place, your company can navigate this period smoothly.

5 Tips To Maintaining Productivity

Plan Ahead

Encourage employees to submit their PTO requests well in advance, allowing your team to allocate responsibilities, redistribute workloads, and ensure there's coverage when needed. Having a clear plan and policy in place will minimize disruptions and keep tasks on track.


  • Reminding employees to plan holiday time off months in-advance
  • Capping the number of PTO days/hours during November and December
  • Requiring more notice for November and December PTO

Cross-Train Your Team

Cross-training employees ensures that no one person bottlenecks workflows. This way, if someone is on vacation, others can seamlessly step in to handle their responsibilities or any urgent requests. This approach not only boosts overall team efficiency, but also provides employees with the opportunity to expand their skill sets.

Communicate Effectively

While clear communication is important at all times of the year, it's especially crucial during the holiday season. Maintain open lines of communication both internally and externally to help manage expectations and address any concerns that might pop up regarding holiday-related delays.

Reward and Recognize

A thank-you note, a small holiday bonus, or recognition in a team meeting can go a long way in acknowledging the hard work and dedication of your team during the holiday season. Help boost morale and motivate employees in order to maintain productivity despite any challenges that come with the season.

Leverage Technology

Invest in our online scheduling system. This allows everyone on your team to easily see when they'll be working and handle all scheduling issues with the simple click of a button. View and fill shift vacancies, quickly see who can work and when send schedule alerts to employees, and more, all within this robust system.

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but it doesn't have to come at the expense of productivity. By implementing these strategies, your company can easily navigate the holiday season and make sure everyone gets the time off they're wanting. Remember, thoughtful planning, effective communication, and leveraging technology are the keys to maintaining productivity and keeping both employees and clients satisfied.

Reach out to our team today to see how you can smooth out your schedule with our robust online scheduling system.

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