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Is It Okay If All Employees Save Vacation Time For The Summer? You Make The Call

A recent Accountemps survey found more than half of Canadian workers save their vacation time for the summer months - an average of 11 days off. The online survey included responses from more than 400 Canadian workers in a variety of office environments.

What do organizations do then to combat productivity gaps? Plan ahead to alleviate disruptions. Prioritize projects. Delegate tasks. Try to work ahead so that when employees return, they aren't overwhelmed. Consider temporary employees. "Survey: Majority of Workers Save Vacation Time for Summer" finance.yahoo.com (May 21, 2019).

So, the question for our readers is: is it okay if all employees save vacation time for the summer?

Please let us know by taking the poll. Here are some opinions of some of the McCalmon editorial staff:

Jack McCalmon, Esq. 

Much depends on the type of work the employee performs and on other personnel who can fill the void when he or she is gone. For non-exempt employees in service and manufacturing, employees vacationing at the same time is an issue. For those industries and similar ones, the best solution is to require employees to propose their vacation at some point the year prior and then schedule appropriately to make sure performance does not suffer. Where there is conflict, allow seniority to be the deciding factor.


Leslie Zieren, Esq.

Vacation scheduling depends on the workplace and on the employee's particular job. High-tech fabrication plants run 24/7/365, so employees involved in the fabrication of, for example, semi-conductor wafers, would be required to stagger their vacations. Accounting personnel in the same workplace probably would not.

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