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POSTED: 11 April, 2011

The Royal Wedding – Are You Taking Extra Holiday?

I don’t know about you but I think my Royal Wedding invite has been lost in the post. Perhaps it’s because I moved house recently.

So I’ll be watching it all on the TV like millions of others across the UK.

Unlike millions of others across the UK, I haven’t taken any more time off to extend the bank holiday weekend. This is a traditional dilemma for many managers at this time of year anyway, let alone the with the increased number of requests generated by the opportunity for a long break from work with a small impact to overall holiday entitlement balance.

It throws up many issues that have to be resolved to ensure business operations are maintained:

  • Key projects: a line manager may believe that staff cover is sufficient for their team, but what about projects that require people from multiple teams? Are there a sufficient number of the right people still attending work to ensure the project isn’t delayed?
  • 1st come, 1st served: how do you award holiday to staff when a minimum level needs to be maintained? If it’s 1st come, 1st served, how do you know who submitted the request first? Alternatively, how do you award ‘part’ holiday to ensure everyone gets some time off and reflect this accurately so everyone can understand the complete situation?
  • Surprise, surprise: there’s a sudden bout of sickness absence which just-so-happens to correspond with days that conveniently extend the bank holiday weekend. How can you compare those who had rejected holiday requests against those who didn’t? How can you ensure everyone’s sickness absence is being compared and acted upon fairly?

e-days contains a suite of tools designed to make life easier for everyone. It is truly designed to be an absence management system and not just an absence recording system.

Managing absence around the Royal Wedding is going to be a challenge and e-days is designed to help you cope.

Drop us a line if you’d like to know more.