Q: Our busy season starts next month. Is there anything we can do to help our employees reduce their stress?
A: There is! Here are a few things you can do to make the busy season run as smoothly and stress-free as possible:
Remove or reassign non-essential work duties: Before the busy season begins, ask employees to make a list of tasks that others could feasibly handle for them or that could be put on hold. Then work on reassigning those tasks or simply hold off on non-essential tasks until business slows down.
Allow for flexible scheduling: If employees need to work longer hours on some days during the week, consider allowing them to work fewer hours other days of the week. Be aware, however, that some states have daily overtime laws.
Budget for overtime: Employees may need to work extra hours to get their job done, so allow them to work overtime if you (and they) can swing it. If you’re pretty sure overtime will be necessary, try to make sure employees know that ahead of time, so they can plan accordingly.
Ensure all equipment is fast and reliable: It's important to identify, troubleshoot, and correct any slow or non-working equipment issues (whether laptops, cash registers, or vehicles) before employees gets slammed with extra work. Do preventative maintenance to take one less stressor out of the busy season.
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