I’ve heard varying stories of people having to work today to prepare for holidays sales, or stores that are open for part of the day to better serve their customers.
Some things to consider around every holiday –
Is there sufficient enough business to warrant being open on the holiday?
Do I have people who are willing and able to do the work on the holiday (and even so, is it worth taking them away from family/down time to open up on a holiday?
How can we make everyone feel included even if the holiday isn’t one that certain people celebrate?
From a labor standpoint, every holiday requires some type of policy around time off and operating hours. I heard from one reader that on Friday’s business is best, but on New Year’s Day this year it happens to be a Friday, and New Year’s Day is always dead, and they never open.
However, the boss decided to open up on New Year’s Day and mandate the staff work both New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve this year. This seems to be a poor business decision that only focuses on short-term goals.
I look forward to hearing if the New Year’s Day opening is a success for this business. In experiences I have had, employes either worked New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, and not both.
Have a great holiday weekend, and I hope like me you have the opportunity to have a long, extended weekend away from the office!