What is a staycation? A vacation spent in one’s home rather than travelling somewhere father away that may require a hotel stay. A staycation can be as simple as sitting on the couch watching a movie marathon all day; it is the norm for many this past year as a result of the pandemic.
Here are four ways to prepare as an employer for a staff member’s Staycation:
Treat the staycation like a real vacation. Try to use the time leading up to your employee’s vacation to plan the work that needs to be completed before they leave. Prioritize tasks and ask questions you may have for projects leading up to the vacation.
Aim for both a transition when they leave and how they will be transitioned back to work when they return.
2. Emergency contact information
If an emergency forms have contact information on file as a contingency plan. Having a communication plan for when the employee is on vacation is essential.
The key here is to keep everyone informed of the best action for how to ask an emergency question during times of need.
This solution can be as simple as a quick text, but only if absolutely necessary!
Have a go-to person for both employees and clients to have if assistance is required. This can help limit or minimize the tip above with reducing questions during an emergency.
This second-in-command could be someone who is either knowledgeable in that department or the company as a whole.
4. Build out a clear employee vacation policy
To help with employee wellness, avoid vacation shaming so that employees don’t feel guilty for taking time off. As a result of the pandemic, employees are at risk of burn out. Time away from work, will help them be refreshed, and to become energized again after a long a difficult pandemic period.
Lead by example. Take your own staycation, this helps empower your employees to do the same.
Whether it is a staycation or a vacation, building vacation into your company culture is important! To help with preparing a vacation: plan ahead, have an emergency contact information, assign a second-in-command and build out a clear employee vacation plan – including your own.