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When Kokomo Is Not Somewhere You Can Go: Addressing Vacations During a Pandemic

July 15, 2020

When summer weather teases Canadians, we typically experience a flood of employees eager to book their vacations, get outside, and enjoy all the brief season has to offer. This summer will be anything but typical, as physical distancing guidelines remain in effect and businesses slowly begin to reopen.

Over the last few months, many employees have likely been holding off on taking vacation, waiting until restrictions ease. Although this might not seem like a major issue, you could experience significant staffing problems or face expensive vacation payouts if you do not plan now to address vacation balances.

Across Canada, restrictions still differ but we are starting to see many patios, recreational activities, and even beaches open as long as they follow government guidelines. In Ontario, a recent announcement allows even more businesses to open. For example, restaurants can now allow people to eat inside (with some restrictions on occupancy and distancing).

Your organization likely falls into one of two buckets when it comes to vacation planning. The first is actively persuading employees to postpone vacations to meet current staffing shortages directly related to COVID-19. Maybe your business has been closed for some time or had to lay off staff due to lack of work, so you are relying on your current team to fill shifts. This takes some planning and consideration to ensure your team is getting the time they are entitled to receive but also that you have the people you need to keep operations running smoothly. 

On the other hand, you may have been open or working remotely these past few months, but your employees have been holding out on using vacation. Vacation time is banked and unused, meaning you’ll need to plan for and encourage employees to use their owed time. Communicating effectively will be especially important in this situation. 

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In either case, we can help!

Download our FREE Guide to Vacation Planning During a Pandemic for helpful tips for both scenarios. Our expert team is working hard to provide you with the information you need so we can get through this together.  


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