The Hunter Business Chamber has urged employers to open a conversation with employees ahead of the upcoming Easter and Anzac holidays to ensure businesses that intend to remain open continue to operate efficiently and smoothly through the extended holiday period.
With ANZAC Day falling just three days after Easter Monday, many workers are looking to take extended leave to enjoy a ten-day break while using up just three days of annual leave.
Hunter Business Chamber CEO, Bob Hawes said the longer break presents an opportunity for employees, but consideration must be given to the operation of the business during that time.
“It’s an opportunity for many workers to take an extended break, especially those with families, in the middle of school holidays,” Bob said.
“It is important, however, that any leave arrangements are agreed to by both parties so everyone knows where they stand and employers can make appropriate arrangements to run their business.”
Bob said the Chamber encouraged bosses to be as accommodating as possible with leave requests where the operational needs of the business allowed.
“We appreciate that this is a good opportunity to allow staff to capitalise on the cluster of public holidays and enjoy some time out for themselves or with loved ones,” Bob said.
“But sometimes those requests cannot be accommodated and it is not fair for business owners to be left in the lurch by people taking unapproved leave.
“When staff take unplanned leave, it costs employers money, adversely affects productivity and customer service and puts a greater strain on their colleagues who do the right thing and show up for work.
“The best thing for all parties is to discuss the options. If you haven’t already had a conversation about Easter leave arrangements, do it now and avoid confusion.”
IMAGE | The Hunter Business Chamber has urged employers to open a conversation with employees ahead of the upcoming Easter and Anzac holidays.
With more than 1800 members, the Hunter Business Chamber is the largest regional business chamber in Australia and represents the collective interests of a diverse range of sectors across the Region.
The Chamber provides members with a range of services from advocacy and business advice to information and networking opportunities.
Business support is vital in today's economic climate and our primary goal is to assist and represent the needs of businesses in our community.
The Chamber is committed to partnering with all industries in ensuring the ongoing growth and sustainability of the Hunter Region.