One of the biggest challenges facing any small company today is keeping employees happy. A happy employee is a productive employee. And let’s face it, even in an “employer’s market”, it is still more cost effective to keep a good employee than to replace one. So with this in mind, how does a 24/7/365 enterprise like O’Hare-Midway Limousine Service, or any Chicago limo service for that matter, get people excited about working when most of the rest of the world seems to be home enjoying well deserved time off?
One way is to use monetary incentives. For example, paying time and a half is a fairly standard practice for holiday pay. This gives some employees the push they need to postpone their holiday festivities for a few hours. Bonues are also an option as well. After all, at a time of year when money seems to be going out faster than it comes in, any infusion of cash is welcome.
Then there is compensatory (comp) time, offering to exchange a set number of future hours off for each holiday hour worked. Simple holiday “exchanges” can work too. “If you work on Christmas, I’ll give you New Year’s Eve off” is an example of bargaining for holiday coverage.
Often overlooked in the scramble to cover holidays is the simple “please” approach. No…”please” isn’t a clever acronym for some wise motivational saying. It’s just a polite way of letting your employee know you need them, and if they take pity on you and accept your offer of extra money or time-off, you should immediately follow with a heartfelt “thank you”, since now YOU won’t be forced to work on the holiday.
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