5 ideas for a smooth holiday take off

5 ideas for a smooth holiday take off

Coordinating vacations can be as intimidating as a security checkpoint. Avoid time-off turbulence by picking—and sticking to—one of these flight plans.
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Nov 01, 2008

Flight plan 1



Give priority to seniority and upgrade longtime team members to first class. Ask the team member who's worked the longest at your practice to call dibs on days off. Block out those days, then move to the second most senior employee.

Flight plan 2

If the pressure of making the final call on holiday shifts has you reaching for an oxygen mask, turn to your crew for help. Create a sign-up sheet for the days you suspect will be the least popular to work and ask for volunteers. You may be pleasantly surprised by the number of recruits, especially if you offer holiday pay.

Flight plan 3

Tis the season of high emotions, and no matter how hard you try to be fair, someone may take the scheduling process personally. If your practice has a history of hurt feelings, opt for a lottery system. Let team members draw numbers to see who submits vacation requests first, second, third, and so on.

Flight plan 4

Determine how many shifts need to be covered and require each employee to sign up for a certain number per year. Take Thanksgiving. You'd need two people for the Wednesday-afternoon shift, two for the Thursday-morning shift, etc. If one team member wants lots of time off in December, he or she should sign on to work these November shifts.

Flight plan 5

When all else fails, there's always the first-come first-served system. Break the holidays into seasons —winter and summer—and set an exact date and time to start accepting vacation requests. To steer clear of pushing and shoving in lines outside your office door, only accept e-mailed requests. That way, the exact submission time is documented.

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

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The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

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A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

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A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)

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An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

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Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.