How to Maintain Shop Productivity During the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching, and with the festive season comes a long list of extra stressors, responsibilities and distractions. It seems like every workplace struggles with maintaining productivity during this time of year, but a little foresight can help keep your shop running smoothly, all the way to January 1st.

Set Expectations with Your Employees

Everyone has their own traditions and obligations during the holidays. While some people find this time of year enjoyable, it can be downright stressful for others. Regardless of your perception, the holidays can lead to distractions. Holding a company-wide meeting before things get hectic can help you and your team get on the same page.

In this meeting, you can remind employees about important policies concerning paid time off, calling off procedures and other items that affect productivity. Ensure that your entire shop knows these expectations and that the holidays are not an excuse to take advantage of company policies.

Schedule Time Off Now

Many employees take their time off in November and December. This can lead to major headaches for your scheduling manager. Encourage your employees to put in their time-off requests as soon as possible to ensure the shop floor stays appropriately staffed all season long.

Short notice call-offs also increase during the holiday season. With picking in-laws up at the airport, cleaning up the house, accommodating kids’ school vacations, there are plenty of reasons for employees to call off. Reaffirm your company’s call-off policy or amend them appropriately.

Have a Contingency Plan

As time off and call-offs become more prevalent, management scrambles to cover shifts to keep the shop running effectively. Talk with your supervising staff to draft contingency staffing plans if and when the call-offs start rolling in. Ask employees for current availability, and if they would be willing to come in on short notice. While many employees take time off this time of the year, plenty of others are looking for extra shifts.  

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