To employees everywhere those eight letters pulled together spell a week or two away from the office with time for fun, family and freedom from job stress. For employers it’s another story, it’s that dreaded time of the year when some of their most vital employees will be missing for a week or two. It can be a pretty scary realization when a cog in your business wheel just isn’t there. Traditionally, other employees are assigned to ‘cover’, but I know from experience that it’s just not the same. And it can not only cause more problems, but becomes more stressful for the covering employee. Of course there is always the temp services, but you never know who your getting or what kind of experience they really have. It can be more of a headache trying to train a temp than to just go without.
Of course there is another alternative out there. Virtual Assistants. If you’ve been a savvy business owner, you’ve found a VA to work with, either on a project to project basis or an ongoing retainer. Perhaps you don’t use them all that often, but they are familiar with your business, and how things are done. This is one of those times that having a VA can pay off big time for your business. Before your vacationing employee heads off for Disney World, they can collaborate with the virtual assistant, letting them know what needs to be done and what can wait until they return from the land of mouse.
If you don’t have a virtual assistant yet, you still have time to test drive one before Memorial Day and the unofficial start of Summer Vacation Season.