How you handle winter holiday schedules can create significant challenges from both the employer and employee perspective.

Unlike other typical holiday times surrounding Canada Day / Independence Day, or Thanksgiving Day, the winter holiday season is especially important to most people and is filled with greater connotations around time spent with family, friends, and loved ones.

As a result, it is vital that employers get this right when working with employees to create win-win holiday schedules as best they can.

It is equally important for employees to be clear in their understanding of expectations and provide significant lead time for extended time-off requests.

In this episode, Dr. Jonathan Leicht provides some insights on the employer perspective of how to handle the challenges the holiday season brings, while Dr. Michael Bugg offers points from the employee perspective.

Topics discussed include:

  • Opportunity costs around holiday scheduling
  • Understanding that the clinic will be short staffed
  • Blocking the holiday season ahead of time
  • Employers can’t make everyone happy – if you try to, no one will be happy
  • “The business has a seat at the table.”
  • Ways employees can make the most of comparable holidays
  • How employers can work with employees to set up holiday staffing schedules
  • Benefits of working during the holiday season

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– Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM