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Christmas is coming up and is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. People are starting to switch off for the year. It’s important to make sure your office and business is prepared for this.

First of all you need to decide whether you’re going to completely close down or have skeleton staff on. This will depend on your business. If you’re in retail, closing down completely is probably not the best move but some companies can probably get away with having the office empty for a few days.

So here are some things you should bear in mind:

 

Manage leave and work schedules

If you’re keeping staff working during the festive period, you need to manage that in a way that doesn’t upset people. No one wants to work over this period so you will need to balance everyone’s leave in a way that keeps people happy.

You might want to agree to everyone working shorter days so that workers can spend time with their families without missing out too much on pay.

It’s worth bearing in mind that parents will need to organise leave alongside school holidays. So you will probably have to be flexible. Many businesses wind down in this period anyway so you might find that you don’t need everyone keeping the company afloat.

 

Sort out deliveries and collections

Make sure you don’t miss the post and schedule any deliveries and collections in advance to avoid the rush. Make sure they happen on a day where someone is in the office to manage them. Workers might all be taking days off at different times so make sure you know when the office will be empty.

With the recent announcement that Post Office staff will be striking, it is even more important to make sure you plan ahead and get your deliveries on time. The strike and the fact that this is the busiest time of the year for post, means that delays are likely.

Make sure you come to some arrangements with suppliers or partners. If another business you’re relying on is shutting down and this could have an effect on your business you might want to think about doing the same.

 

Automate Your Business

Wherever possible automate your current work processes. This could mean scheduling social media marketing over the festive period or having out of office email messages. Do whatever you can to keep the basic processes of your business running in the background.

 

Have you made plans to keep your business running through the holidays? Let us know what you’ve got planned in the comments.

 

 

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Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

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