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How to manage workloads during the holiday season

For employees, holidays provide an opportunity to relax and recharge their batteries. However, while holidaymakers are sunbathing on the beach, their colleagues are tasked with picking up where they’ve left off. The business must continue, jobs need to be completed and projects need to be delivered.

There is, however, a smaller team to make sure this happens. And so begins the balancing act in which managers have to find a way to effectively lead a smaller team, so that essential work gets completed without overtaxing employees who may already be stretched.

If you’re currently juggling a busy workload with a smaller team, read on to discover our top tips to manage this extra work, avoid stress and anxiety and, importantly, keep the business running without disruption…

  1. Handover
    Before the employee goes on annual leave, make sure they share a thorough handover, which clearly flags what needs to be achieved and by when whilst they’re away.

  2. Prioritise
    Move the most important tasks to the top of your to-do list to ensure that the most urgent deliverables are achievable.

  3. Set deadlines
    Set deadlines with staff and customers alike. This will help you to prioritise jobs and ensure that nothing gets missed.

  4. Delegate tasks

    Share the load across all existing staff to save individual members of the team taking on the lion’s share of the work.

  5. Promote a healthy work-life balance

    Yes, you’ll likely be busier, but it’s still important to promote a healthy work-life balance to keep morale and productivity high. Make sure existing staff are still doing things such as taking their lunch breaks and joining each other after work for team drinks.

  6. Bring in extra support

    If you have extra budget available, consider bringing in an extra pair of hands temporarily to help with the most critical tasks.


For more advice on how to support your employee wellbeing and productivity during busy periods, email [email protected] to speak to a member of the HR Star team.

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