Naperville Business Lawyer on Summer Vacation for Your Company

vacation, Naperville business law attorneyWhile it seemed that winter would never release its icy grip on the Northern Illinois region, at long last, the weather has broken. In the next few weeks, spring will be giving way to summer, a season that is often a relatively slow period for many small and medium-sized businesses. Although teachers and school-age children will be soon starting their months-long break, most business owners are not afforded such luxuries.

In my business law practice, I am routinely asked by clients how to make the most of the summer months, especially in industries that typically hit a slow period from June through August. There are a few things you can do to secure your business and help your staff feel refreshed by the time autumn begins.

Take Your Vacation

If you are a relatively new business owner, taking a week away may not be possible. However, if you are fairly well-established, a few days off for a camping trip or a visit to another city could be an ideal way to clear your head and renew your energy. Taking a vacation, of course, requires a measure of planning to ensure that your company continues to operate properly in your absence. Work with a trusted employee or manager in advance so he or she is clear about your expectations and his or her responsibilities. You may even wish to notify certain clients and customers, depending on the situation.

When you return, you may have some catching up to do, but avoid getting angry blaming your staff for failure while you were gone. This will only lead to increased stress and anxiety for you and for them the next time you want to take off for a few days.

Share the Freedom

Summer may also be the ideal time to allow your employees the opportunity to take vacation as well. Far too many businesses offer personal days or paid vacation time that workers feel they can never use, either due to crushing workloads or pressure from peers or management. Let you staff know that you appreciate their efforts by encouraging them to take the time that they have earned. Work with your employees as needed to adjust deadlines or assignments so that can enjoy personal time with their families.

Most importantly, when one of your employees is on vacation, do your best not to interrupt his or her rest and relaxation. A worker will not be able to truly unwind if he or she knows you may be calling any minute to solve some problem at the office. If the employee is truly indispensable, and he or she understands the nature of his or her responsibilities, consider offering to extend the vacation by a day or two as a surprise token of your appreciation. It is important to be careful, though, because even well-earned favors may create inter-staff hostility if everyone is not on the same page.

An Attorney Can Help

Developing a strategy and schedule for employee vacation in a small business can be quite the challenge, but it is possible. Contact an experienced business law attorney in Naperville today to get the guidance you need in allowing your staff and yourself the opportunity to unwind. Call The Gierach Law Firm today at 630-756-1160 to schedule a confidential consultation.

 

Sources:

Small Business Trends

Care.com

Upstart Business Journals