It’s hard not to miss the trend sweeping across the internet right now. We’ve all seen it, the best ways you can maximize your annual holiday allowance in 2022! Thanks to a perfect alignment of bank holidays this year, people are finding ways of transforming 28 days of annual leave into a huge 45 days off. This is how they’re doing it.
This year, Good Friday falls on April 15th and Easter Monday on April 18th. If your business closes on bank holidays and weekends, your staff can land themselves ten days off work, while only using four days of their allotted annual leave. How? By booking off the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of April.
Next is the May bank holidays. Early May Bank Holiday falls on May 2nd in 2022, which can allow employees to transform four days of annual leave into a generous nine. How? By booking off the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th.
The Platinum Jubilee is on many people’s calendars and diaries this year. But for your employees this can also help them translate the four-day bank holiday into a week off by only using three annual leave days. How? By booking off the 30th and 31st of May, as well as the 1st of June.
And for the summer? Another four days of annual leave can lead to nine lovely days off when incorporating the August Bank Holiday. How? By booking off the 30th & 31st of August and the 1st & 2nd of September.
Don’t forget the Christmas break! While most companies encourage employees to save annual leave for the Christmas period, staff can get ten days off for the price of three at the end of 2022. How? By booking off the 28th, 29th and 30th of December. The means they leave the office on Friday 23rd with a return on January 3rd, 2023.
It is important to note that, as a business, you must be encouraging your employees to use up their annual leave allowance. Speaking to Stylist, psychotherapist Lucinda Gordon Lennox explains that we all need to sit back, relax, recharge, and stop treating life like a sprint. ‘’We’ve been making everything work exactly as it would have done had we not been in a pandemic. That works for a sprint period, but it’s now becoming evident that perhaps we’re in a marathon, not a sprint. And what’s the first thing we change when we’re in a marathon instead of a sprint? We slow down,” she says.
It’s a difficult situation to manage because in most companies we work with, SMEs – holiday is allocated on a “ first come first served” basis as not everyone can be off at the same time otherwise we would have a revenue slump in all the academic breaks when parents are off with their children. As any HR professional would tell you – Communication is key. Sit down and talk to your staff as a team and as individuals and see who needs what days and try to accommodate everyone.
In the same way that we try to arrange skeleton cover over Christmas and New Year we can find people who are happier to come in than others. Take your time before approving a holiday request. Tell your staff you have to look at the big picture before approving. Ask the people who haven’t made any request for holiday to do so to make sure that they don’t miss any days that they need rather than want. That will help to stop too many feathers being ruffled. I think holiday allocation is always going to be a sensitive topic that needs to handled carefully.