It's the most wonderful time of the year, but let's be honest...the last thing anyone wants to do on Christmas or New Year's Day is go in to work. Nevertheless, for many, it must be done.
At Staffing Etc. we coordinate the schedules of hundreds of healthcare professionals at different facilities throughout the country, and most of these professionals would prefer to have the holidays off. But the reality is that if all of our nurses are opening presents with their families on Christmas Day and all of the physicians that we staff are spending New Year's Day resting at home, there would be a lot of people suffering over the holidays. For this reason, finding effective ways to schedule your staff members over the holiday season can be crucial.
So here are three helpful tips to help ease the scheduling burden this Christmas.
1. Split Shifts Among Multiple Staff Members
It's the holidays, so you can be creative. Rather than have employees continue the same shift times, find ways to split the times into shorter segments for multiple workers. For example, instead of one person working a full 12 hour shift, three people could each work four hour shifts consecutively. This way, workers have more free time and flexibility.
2. Communicate Holiday Expectations Early
Surprises can be good at times, but no one wants a surprise when it comes to their work schedules, especially when it falls on a holiday. Consequently, the earlier you can schedule shifts and the clearer you are when you're communicating the expectations for the holiday schedule, the less stress everyone will have when Christmas rolls around.
3. Provide Incentives
'Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing makes an employee happier than a nice Christmas incentive. Whether it's big or small, providing an incentive for employees to work over the holidays is a great way to let your staff know that you appreciate their hard work and sacrifice.
Ultimately, working over the holidays doesn't have to be a nightmare. The business world doesn't stop on Christmas or New Year's, and amid the hustle and bustle there are still plenty of ways to inject the holiday spirit into your work environment.
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