Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dealing With Vacations At Work

It’s the beginning of summer vacation time, which means that many employees will be preparing for their summer vacations. Many of you will also be helping your co-workers with their workloads while they are out.

In today’s “flat organizations,” where most people work in teams, vacation planning has become a large-group affair and results in time-off traffic jams. Some 59% of workers have to coordinate their vacations with co-workers before they go, says a recent survey of 1,015 full-time workers by Harris Interactive for Kronos, a workforce management concern. And more than one in five say their vacation requests have been denied because a co-worker had already asked for the same time. This may be one reason more than half of U.S. workers fail to use all their vacation days each year, says a 2007 study of 1,082 workers by Hudson Highland Group.

At Work With Emory Mulling will take a vacation of our own, stepping aside for the July 4
Edition of Fresh Air and then the return of the GPB Consumer Call In Show with Valarie Edwards on July 11. Emory Mulling will be back, live, to take your calls on workplace issues on Friday, July 18 at 3pm.