Planning for employee absences

All work and no play is hardly a formula for success. Every efficient employee knows that there's a point of diminishing returns. And every seasoned team leader knows how to recognize — and respect — that point. Burnout is the enemy of both good work and employee satisfaction.

Of course, no one works in a vacuum. When one team member is on vacation, workflow and projects are affected. Certain tasks may need to be delegated. Regular meetings might need to be rescheduled. Deadlines need to be reestablished and planned accordingly.

Fortunately, by using the right tools, it's easy to coordinate team members' time off so that absences don't stand in the way of project — or team — success. By approaching the request-and-approval process in an organized manner and by making sure team members know well in advance who's gone and when, you can keep your team on track.

The following tools and tips can help you establish a uniform system for requesting, tracking, and communicating planned vacation time.

Applies to:
Outlook 2003, Word 2003