By Harris Roberts
By Harris Roberts
When a team member takes a vacation it is the perfect opportunity to stress test your team. It is important to build your success around process and not individual people. While your colleague is enjoying the warm weather you have an opportunity to analyze their individual processes and teams structure.
Having a team member be gone for 5-10 days should not bring your team to a screeching halt. The reality is employees are staying at companies for shorter durations and this is a great opportunity to analyze how your team would respond to them leaving. Issues with a missing team members could come from two categories: individual performance or lack of a clear process.
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It is unfair to say that all the issues revolve around the individual. Often the process may need improvement to mitigate the risk of losing an employee.
As a leader and manager it is your job to set the direction and coordinate that change with your team. When an employee goes on vacation you should look at that time as an opportunity to audit both the individual and your process. After they come back it is beneficial to sit down and review any items you realized in their absence. In this discussion, it is important that you take ownership for creating the organizational structure and process. You don’t want your team member to feel attacked for taking a vacation.
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