Controlling Annual Leave Between Christmas and New Year

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 11 December 2012
Amanda Magee
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I’ve been overwhelmed with requests from staff for time off between Christmas and the New Year. I hate saying no, but if I grant all the requests I will be left short staffed. How do I handle it?

Amanda Magee writes:

During the festive period it is not unusual for employers to face an increased demand for annual leave from staff members. Employers, particularly smaller organisations, may find it difficult to facilitate such demand without seriously impacting on their business. Therefore, it may not be possible to allow everyone to take time off at the same time.

There is no denying that you will be considered a Scrooge for refusing requests for leave over Christmas, but treating employees

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