31 Jan 2019
Make These Preparations When an Important Employee Goes on Leave

Keep business operations on track even when your top performer is away.

Learning that one of your best employees is going on leave for the next couple of months can be a cause for concern. However, this does not need to throw your entire office into chaos. By taking these steps to prepare, you can ensure that business operations are not affected by your best employee’s absence.

1) Ask Your Employee to Create a Proposal

If your employee’s leave of absence is planned, ask them to take some time to prepare a proposal for how their work can be handled in their absence. For instance, ask that their proposal include things like how their responsibilities should be divided, who should be responsible for which tasks, the circumstances under which the company can contact them during their leave, and the best method of communication.

2) Maintain Open Lines of Communication with the Rest of Your Team

Being candid and open with your team will ensure that there is no confusion or feelings of resentment between the managers and employees who must take on extra work. Your staff should understand the chain of command so they know who to turn to for guidance. Additionally, your team should have a clear understanding of project timelines so they know what they need to take care of and when it needs to be done.

3) Consider Employee Schedules

As your staff will be taking on additional work, it’s important your team knows when someone will be away from the office. Make sure your employees inform you of any days off far in advance so you can plan for their absence. Additionally, consider offering your staff the opportunity to have more flexible work hours so they are not forced to finish everything within the standard nine-to-five workday. Offering this flexibility will help boost morale and reduce feelings of stress and burnout.

These are some of the steps to take in order to keep your business running smoothly, even when an essential employee goes on leave. Want another way to take care of your business? Make sure you have the right business insurance in place. For assistance with your commercial coverage needs, contact the team at Weaver & Associates in Arcadia, California to get started today.