What to Do When… You’re Out of Office for the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, many businesses will be taking time off next week. Use the checklist below to make sure your office stays safe during the holiday break.

  • Send a friendly reminder to clients and staff members. Whether or not your business is staying open during the holidays, it’s best not to leave your staff and clients guessing. Go over the holiday work schedule with your staff and inform your clients of any revised holiday dates and hours.
  • Set your Out of Office Assistant. Remember to provide recipients with alternative associates’ contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Update your voicemail recording. Let callers know you’re away from the office and provide them with information about who to contact in your absence.
  • Review your disaster recovery plan. Unless you’re in the retail industry, business demands tend to slow down during the holidays. Take this opportunity to assess, upgrade and modify your business continuity procedures.
  • Turn off office equipment and decorations. If you and your staff are going to be out of the office for an extended time, unplug printers and computers to save on electricity costs. Also, remember to disconnect any office decorations and throw out flammable trees that could potentially cause a fire if left unattended.

Have a safe and prosperous holiday break!