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How should we handle closing the office between Christmas and New Year's?

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in Human Resources,The HR Specialist Forum

We're 90% sure we're going to make the last-minute decision to shut down the office between Christmas and New Year's. (I know, great timing!) This would be paid time off to thank employees for their hard work this tough year. It occurs to me that there are several issues we'll have to address right away. I'm thinking mainly of hard feelings on the part of the skeleton crew that won't get that time off: accounting staff and inventory people who must work that week because it's the end of the month and year. Does anyone have experience with this kind of closing? What should I watch out for? Deb, Westminster


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Karen R. December 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

In my opinion, the main issue is that most of the staff is getting paid time off and those that have to work get nothing extra. Some suggestions: give each worker the equivalent time off at a future date or just add the extra hours to their vacation bank, pay them double-time, or give them bonuses. It would also be nice to allow them to dress very casually during that week since no one else will be around.

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