If Your Business Goes On Holiday….

At the end of the year, offices often become near-ghost towns, with a significant percentage of employees taking time off to visit relatives or just enjoy the holidays. The trick is to make sure there’s at least a skeleton crew on hand, and it’s a good idea to work out the details early. Imagine what would happen if an American company neglected to plan for the Muslim holiday Eid, and as a result, one guy gets stuck handling calls that a workforce of perhaps 20 people would usually field.

Try to head off this sort of situation by perhaps distributing a calendar of what days the business will close. Then folks can step forward if they feel something’s been overlooked and want the day off.
Also, when it comes to asking days off, small business owners can suggest that people submit their requests a certain number of days or weeks in advance.

One more problem may arise if folks just call in. Any poor saps who are scheduled to work Christmas morning may decide they won’t be fired for getting “sick” a single day, for example, and stay home. So it might be wise to establish some sort of incentive for working on a holiday.

Still, hopefully just planning everything out in advance will go a long ways toward making sure a small business can operate smoothly around the holidays.

22 thoughts on “If Your Business Goes On Holiday….

  1. Okay so this is a true story that had happened to one of my best friends who is a girl and who was very close to her father as a child. So lets say that I was your father named Arnold who is in his early 30’s & a very thin & muscular hard working construction worker who operates tractors and heavy machinery & who makes really good money. I am tall with a dragon tatto on my left arm & most of the time I wear button down shirts with the sleeves cut off & A shirts inside & I have stick straight jet black hair. You are my daughter who is 7 years old & you have two older sisters who are both a lot closer to your mother then me. I always take you everywhere I go & I tell you that you are my favorite child because you are the most well behaved & you respect me the most. I also do business with your young grandfather who is your mothers father named Hank and he is a really obese guy and so are his other 2 brothers Harry & Hagar. All three of them are way overweight & are alcoholics with buzz cut hairstyles. One day there is a major problem in the business and something goes terribly wrong! Hank blames me & we have a big argument. Later that night Hank, Harry, & Hagar all get drunk & the three of them attack me. I put up a good fight and damage all three of them pretty good but the three of them are too much for me and I am bleeding really badly. My favorite silky white dress shirt & black dress slacks are full of blood as I was leaving a party and on my way home. I tell Hank, Harry, & Hagar that I quit doing business with them and that they will pay & suffer for what they have done to me. Then, that same night I find out that your mother is having an affair & she & your 2 older sisters don’t care at all what had happened to me & you don’t know anything as you were already asleep that night. This really angers me and I give her full custody of you & your sisters since Hank & his wife had been watching you girls while I was at work. My construction job transfers to Orlando Florida & I decide to move. I leave you a nice goodbye note on your bed with some money but I don’t tell you what happened. Your Mom gets re-married and your new step dad is a jerk to you & you don’t get along with your two older sisters because they always push you around & bully you. Your mother tells you lies that I had abandoned you girls and had left with another woman. I call you & your sisters every weekend, on the holidays, & your birthdays, & every month I send $600 for you girls & write letters to you girls. I refuse to visit because I refuse to ever see your mother, Hank, Harry, & Hagar ever again for what they had done to me! You cry for me all the time but every time you cry, you call me & I am always there for you to cheer you up. You are now 17 years old & one day while you & your sisters are cleaning out your Grandpa Hank’s old attic you find pictures of me that night after Hank, Harry, & Hagar had beaten me up really badly with blood all over my clothes. You keep the pictures and go to one of my close friends who visits me all the time and he tells you the truth about what Hank, Harry, & Hagar had done to me & how your mother & sisters have been lying to you for ten years. You find out that all this time I was never with another woman and that all those years I have just been by myself working hard in the rain forest & that your mother was the unfaithful one. Girls how would you feel about this secret you have just discovered? How would you now feel about your mother, grandpa Hank, Harry, & Hagar for what they had done to me? What would you do? Would you call me? Would you hate me for leaving? I am looking forward to hear how you would feel about this, I know that this is a very long story instead of a question & I am sorry about that but I do think that this is a very interesting story, & my friend was devastated when she learned the truth about her father!

  2. I am trying to do a notice for my customers to let them know i’m going on holiday for 2 weeks. Tell me if it goes this way

    To all my valued customers this notice serves to inform you that I will be on holiday from July 12, 2008 and will resume work on July 31st, 2008
    Please arrange your business accordingly…

    Kind regards…

    Do you all think this is fine or should i change some of the words

  3. Seing that the 4th of july this year, will fall on Wed, the middle of the week, will the Government agencies be claiming only Wed. or with they also be taking a friday or monday to boot.

    just wanting to know where our Tax money is going to go, or will we all be loosing out for the Fed, State and locals governments to get even another holiday payday off again.
    Why don’t we have either the non government workers all get as many holidays off as the Federal, States, and local governments, or will the government agencies, look to cut back and save our country Billions and billions of Dollars a Year, by cutting back the amount of these Holidays they come up with to take off.

    If you had a business that was doing badly, would you ignore it and not work harder time waise to get your business better and save it, or would you take the extra time to get the jobs out and make better customers and get that job done to better your work again and make more money?

  4. Like would you by a house? Blow it all? Help needy? Invest in property? Buy your own business? Go on a holiday?

    Im just curious as to what people would do with that kind of money if they had it. Thanks 🙂

  5. Holidays are busy times for everyone, and we all know that last minute gifts aren’t always the best. So, if you could hand your shopping list over to someone and they go buy exactly what’s on there (even gift wrap it), would you use their company?

  6. all the time what would you do? i’m 17 and she’s 12. she’s got to know what’s going on all the time, reads my private text messages out loud to the entire family during the holidays and hits you in public because she knows you can’t hit her back cuz she’d tell your mom and you’d get in trouble, spits in yor face during flu season, and pushes you down the stairs in the mornings and acts like she knows everything and embarasses you by speaking really loudly in the public libraries about your personal stuff you do at home, and is constantly in your room to make sure ur not watching porn (which i don’t) and acts all good in front of your parents and they’d never believe she’d be like that and im sick of it! help?

  7. Seing that the 4th of july this year, will fall on Wed, the middle of the week, will the Government agencies be claiming only Wed. or with they also be taking a friday or monday to boot.

    just wanting to know where our Tax money is going to go, or will we all be loosing out for the Fed, State and locals governments to get even another holiday payday off again.
    Why don’t we have either the non government workers all get as many holidays off as the Federal, States, and local governments, or will the government agencies, look to cut back and save our country Billions and billions of Dollars a Year, by cutting back the amount of these Holidays they come up with to take off.

    If you had a business that was doing badly, would you ignore it and not work harder time waise to get your business better and save it, or would you take the extra time to get the jobs out and make better customers and get that job done to better your work again and make more money?

  8. I am not the biggest religious nut on the earth, but I do believe that if <10% of our country believes in Christmas and Christianity then when you go into a store and spend your hard earned money the cashier should be ALLOWED to say "Merry Christmas" back to you if he or she wishes. This "Happy Holiday" crap has got to go!! WHO'S WITH ME HERE!!!!

  9. all the time what would you do? i’m 17 and she’s 12. she’s got to know what’s going on all the time, reads my private text messages out loud to the entire family during the holidays and hits you in public because she knows you can’t hit her back cuz she’d tell your mom and you’d get in trouble, spits in yor face during flu season, and pushes you down the stairs in the mornings and acts like she knows everything and embarasses you by speaking really loudly in the public libraries about your personal stuff you do at home, and is constantly in your room to make sure ur not watching porn (which i don’t) and acts all good in front of your parents and they’d never believe she’d be like that and im sick of it! help?

  10. but asked hubby to keep it a secret from you and his wife, but hubby is good and keeps no secrets from u so u know and the wife of the guy who asked for the money tells u she’s going on holiday with her kids to visit family in the near future (Min cost 10k), so obviously has money, would you wonder why on earth she can’t give that money to her husband instead of him asking friends to borrow money? Would you find you rlationship strained? Would you confront them or walk away? It has already been made your business so you can’t ignore it, you were dragged into their problems. You DIDN’T lend the money nor did u be guarantor for the loan the husband took out and asked hubby to be. There are so many things that pee me off about the situation like her hubby lying to her and keeping secrets, pleading poverty to us but planning this holiday, subjecting a so called friendship to emotional strain all because of money (& a few other things have happened that made us unhappy too). What wud u do?

  11. long ago, i read that if not for the holiday season spending, stores would all go belly up. the merchants said that the holidays are what keeps them in business at all.

    and, do you remember that our economy practically fell apart when we had been attacked on 911? no one was out spending money, most definitely, not for air travel! this has had far reaching effects on air travel in general. bargains on airfare are long gone.

    how has your spending changed since the bailout? do you spend less, or more?

    or, what are your plans on buying for the holiday season? will you spend about as much as usual, or will you cut back? why? how will you cut back?

    if you own a business, has the interest rate on your short term loans gone up? by how much? how is this affecting the way you spend to run your business? are you laying off members of your labor force? why?

    who is now taking money from their money market account and buying commodities like silver and gold? you? why?

    or, are you putting more money into savings? in what form (IRA, 401K, etc.), and why?

    do you think you will buy a house as the prices drop? how about that car you’ve wanted? can you get the loan you need to buy it? or are you deferring buying it? why?

    is it more likely now, after the bailout, that you will be laid off? or have you only heard rumors? are you frightened? what are you doing if you are frightened?

    please let me know your age and location. i love elaborate answers! show me the how, when, why, where, and what.

  12. but asked hubby to keep it a secret from you and his wife, but hubby is good and keeps no secrets from u so u know and the wife of the guy who asked for the money tells u she’s going on holiday with her kids to visit family in the near future (Min cost 10k), so obviously has money, would you wonder why on earth she can’t give that money to her husband instead of him asking friends to borrow money? Would you find you rlationship strained? Would you confront them or walk away? It has already been made your business so you can’t ignore it, you were dragged into their problems. You DIDN’T lend the money nor did u be guarantor for the loan the husband took out and asked hubby to be. There are so many things that pee me off about the situation like her hubby lying to her and keeping secrets, pleading poverty to us but planning this holiday, subjecting a so called friendship to emotional strain all because of money (& a few other things have happened that made us unhappy too). What wud u do?

  13. Okay so this is a true story that had happened to one of my best friends who is a girl and who was very close to her father as a child. So lets say that I was your father named Arnold who is in his early 30’s & a very thin & muscular hard working construction worker who operates tractors and heavy machinery & who makes really good money. I am tall with a dragon tatto on my left arm & most of the time I wear button down shirts with the sleeves cut off & A shirts inside & I have stick straight jet black hair. You are my daughter who is 7 years old & you have two older sisters who are both a lot closer to your mother then me. I always take you everywhere I go & I tell you that you are my favorite child because you are the most well behaved & you respect me the most. I also do business with your young grandfather who is your mothers father named Hank and he is a really obese guy and so are his other 2 brothers Harry & Hagar. All three of them are way overweight & are alcoholics with buzz cut hairstyles. One day there is a major problem in the business and something goes terribly wrong! Hank blames me & we have a big argument. Later that night Hank, Harry, & Hagar all get drunk & the three of them attack me. I put up a good fight and damage all three of them pretty good but the three of them are too much for me and I am bleeding really badly. My favorite silky white dress shirt & black dress slacks are full of blood as I was leaving a party and on my way home. I tell Hank, Harry, & Hagar that I quit doing business with them and that they will pay & suffer for what they have done to me. Then, that same night I find out that your mother is having an affair & she & your 2 older sisters don’t care at all what had happened to me & you don’t know anything as you were already asleep that night. This really angers me and I give her full custody of you & your sisters since Hank & his wife had been watching you girls while I was at work. My construction job transfers to Orlando Florida & I decide to move. I leave you a nice goodbye note on your bed with some money but I don’t tell you what happened. Your Mom gets re-married and your new step dad is a jerk to you & you don’t get along with your two older sisters because they always push you around & bully you. Your mother tells you lies that I had abandoned you girls and had left with another woman. I call you & your sisters every weekend, on the holidays, & your birthdays, & every month I send $600 for you girls & write letters to you girls. I refuse to visit because I refuse to ever see your mother, Hank, Harry, & Hagar ever again for what they had done to me! You cry for me all the time but every time you cry, you call me & I am always there for you to cheer you up. You are now 17 years old & one day while you & your sisters are cleaning out your Grandpa Hank’s old attic you find pictures of me that night after Hank, Harry, & Hagar had beaten me up really badly with blood all over my clothes. You keep the pictures and go to one of my close friends who visits me all the time and he tells you the truth about what Hank, Harry, & Hagar had done to me & how your mother & sisters have been lying to you for ten years. You find out that all this time I was never with another woman and that all those years I have just been by myself working hard in the rain forest & that your mother was the unfaithful one. Girls how would you feel about this secret you have just discovered? How would you now feel about your mother, grandpa Hank, Harry, & Hagar for what they had done to me? What would you do? Would you call me? Would you hate me for leaving? I am looking forward to hear how you would feel about this, I know that this is a very long story instead of a question & I am sorry about that but I do think that this is a very interesting story, & my friend was devastated when she learned the truth about her father!

  14. Seing that the 4th of july this year, will fall on Wed, the middle of the week, will the Government agencies be claiming only Wed. or with they also be taking a friday or monday to boot.

    just wanting to know where our Tax money is going to go, or will we all be loosing out for the Fed, State and locals governments to get even another holiday payday off again.
    Why don’t we have either the non government workers all get as many holidays off as the Federal, States, and local governments, or will the government agencies, look to cut back and save our country Billions and billions of Dollars a Year, by cutting back the amount of these Holidays they come up with to take off.

    If you had a business that was doing badly, would you ignore it and not work harder time waise to get your business better and save it, or would you take the extra time to get the jobs out and make better customers and get that job done to better your work again and make more money?

  15. long ago, i read that if not for the holiday season spending, stores would all go belly up. the merchants said that the holidays are what keeps them in business at all.

    and, do you remember that our economy practically fell apart when we had been attacked on 911? no one was out spending money, most definitely, not for air travel! this has had far reaching effects on air travel in general. bargains on airfare are long gone.

    how has your spending changed since the bailout? do you spend less, or more?

    or, what are your plans on buying for the holiday season? will you spend about as much as usual, or will you cut back? why? how will you cut back?

    if you own a business, has the interest rate on your short term loans gone up? by how much? how is this affecting the way you spend to run your business? are you laying off members of your labor force? why?

    who is now taking money from their money market account and buying commodities like silver and gold? you? why?

    or, are you putting more money into savings? in what form (IRA, 401K, etc.), and why?

    do you think you will buy a house as the prices drop? how about that car you’ve wanted? can you get the loan you need to buy it? or are you deferring buying it? why?

    is it more likely now, after the bailout, that you will be laid off? or have you only heard rumors? are you frightened? what are you doing if you are frightened?

    please let me know your age and location. i love elaborate answers! show me the how, when, why, where, and what.

  16. I’ve been giving this some thought recently as I’ve been running around planning my trip for in coming months. The thought crossed my mind that if i was to open my own business that handled bookings for all types of people – budget or expensive, would you consider using it? I guess what I’m getting at is that it would be nice if I could have just given my entire plans to someone and they could have made the bookings for me flights, hotels, tours, coaches, transfers and I would have been happy to pay them a flat fee. Would you do the same?

    I know that travel agents do such a thing but I refrain from dealing with them as their commissions are generally +10% on top of your total costs and you dont get a very personal service at some. Something like a personal trip planner for travellers to any country. Based on the feedback I may very well go down this path.
    Ok so let me put this another way to avoid confusion – someone who went out and got all the information and presented it to you so you could choose and when you were convinced you liked the place they would book it for you….i think thats a better definition

  17. all the time what would you do? i’m 17 and she’s 12. she’s got to know what’s going on all the time, reads my private text messages out loud to the entire family during the holidays and hits you in public because she knows you can’t hit her back cuz she’d tell your mom and you’d get in trouble, spits in yor face during flu season, and pushes you down the stairs in the mornings and acts like she knows everything and embarasses you by speaking really loudly in the public libraries about your personal stuff you do at home, and is constantly in your room to make sure ur not watching porn (which i don’t) and acts all good in front of your parents and they’d never believe she’d be like that and im sick of it! help?

  18. I’ve been giving this some thought recently as I’ve been running around planning my trip for in coming months. The thought crossed my mind that if i was to open my own business that handled bookings for all types of people – budget or expensive, would you consider using it? I guess what I’m getting at is that it would be nice if I could have just given my entire plans to someone and they could have made the bookings for me flights, hotels, tours, coaches, transfers and I would have been happy to pay them a flat fee. Would you do the same?

    I know that travel agents do such a thing but I refrain from dealing with them as their commissions are generally +10% on top of your total costs and you dont get a very personal service at some. Something like a personal trip planner for travellers to any country. Based on the feedback I may very well go down this path.
    Ok so let me put this another way to avoid confusion – someone who went out and got all the information and presented it to you so you could choose and when you were convinced you liked the place they would book it for you….i think thats a better definition

  19. My husband of 12 years (barely hanging on) does not like me to ask him questions pertaining to anything he does. First, I have been a stay at home mom for 12 years. I don’t contribute financially, but I do do EVERYTHING (mow the yard, landscape, put up ALL the holiday decorations, I really do mean EVERYTHING) else. Just finished school to get a decent job. Well, my husband has made VERY poor financial decisions in the past (he has lost over 1,000,000.00). Now we are dead broke. He has a business that he just had to relocate due to zoning issues. I asked him if, he has his name on the new lease…WOW, he got pissed for me asking. He said, “I make all the money, why should you question that? I said,”because, if your business does not do well…. we have to still pay that lease. And, I don’t want to see you get into further financial difficulty.” Let me also stat…I am NOT on his checking account or anything else for that matter. I am completely financially dependent on him, that’s why I went back to school…Just asking how you would handel the situation?
    Thank You soooo much for the answers you have given…I did go thru theropy, didn’t help though. I have figured out I am co-dependent and I am working to stop the cycle. I feel the same way ALL of you feel. I just needed alittle affermation. Thanks Again =)

  20. all the time what would you do? i’m 17 and she’s 12. she’s got to know what’s going on all the time, reads my private text messages out loud to the entire family during the holidays and hits you in public because she knows you can’t hit her back cuz she’d tell your mom and you’d get in trouble, spits in yor face during flu season, and pushes you down the stairs in the mornings and acts like she knows everything and embarasses you by speaking really loudly in the public libraries about your personal stuff you do at home, and is constantly in your room to make sure ur not watching porn (which i don’t) and acts all good in front of your parents and they’d never believe she’d be like that and im sick of it! help?

  21. My wife runs a bridal shop and I want me and her to go on a holiday as we both work for ourselves and have different businesses, but we work extremely hard. Her parents live in another country and I just want her to spend time with them, like a month, and I would be there the first two weeks. After that, i would look after her shop. Her worry is that the girls won’t want to be measured up by me, me being male and all. But I think if I am professional there should not be a problem. How else can I convince her it is a good idea and I have her best interests at heart. Unlike many men I have no problem being around dresses at all. She can’t do my business unfortunately, but I am sure I could do hers well. What to say to convince her?

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