I haven't been blogging in awhile because there have been lots of things going on in my personal life and at work. My second grandson was born in early May and what a cutie he is. There is a board meeting coming up next week and I've been organizing that. I was going to need a tractor to cut my grass if I didn't do it soon, so I had to mow the lawn. And on top of all that I was sick with a nasty flu for a week. Life sure can get busy...but wait! Summer vacation time is right around the corner. I am anticipating the time off as I'm sure many of you are.
How does your office organize summer vacation time or do they? Our office starts a vacation calendar around mid-May and all staff enter their vacation requests for the summer. It is a simple tool, but a good one to ensure there is someone on site at all times. There was an article in Office Arrow called Oh no the entire office is on summer vacation. It sounds funny, but it could happen if you don't plan ahead.
The assistants in our office operate on a buddy system and we try to coordinate our holidays to make sure there is the necessary admin support in each of our areas. I find if you start talking about vacation ahead of time, it gives people time to make adjustments if necessary. I recall a few years ago, someone in my office submitted their vacation request and attached their flight itinerary to the form. It was too late then to make changes, the flights had already been booked, but that was not fair to the others in the office. If you plan in advance then it is easier to accommodate each other's schedules.
Have a great summer everyone.