Depending on the industry you are in, the concept of 2 consecutive weeks of vacation can be very normal or very unsettling. If your organization isn’t in the practice of having a request like this, the first point of contact would be to refer to your employee policies. Being consistent in your policies is the easiest way to be impartial and fair.
Are two consecutive weeks of vacation allowed? If it is outlined that it is allowed, I would suggest abiding by this.
If it is outlined in your policies that it is not allowed, but you wish to allow it, I would suggest changing your employee policy to reflect your decision. “Consideration will be allowed depending on the business needs, time of the year, and vacation time previously booked by others.”
If you want more great advice on vacation rights, check out this article by Globe & Mail.
Continuing smooth business operations can be more difficult during the absence of an employee. Despite that, holding an employee back from a life experience due to the lack of business resources rarely works in favour of the company in the long term. Showing support and accommodation in the best interest of the employee will produce greater engagement and appreciation.
If you have an employee who uses up all their vacation days by the end of January, and then has a spotty attendance record, consider downloading our attendance letter to help manage the situation effectively.
Take the time to review your employee policies. Are they up to date? Download our list of recommended policies to make sure that you are not missing any. Making sure your policies are relevant and communicated is the first step to having a workplace that is fair and consistent.
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