Here's what I know: summer is no time for businesses to relax

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Peter Done

Peter Done, Group Managing Director and Founder

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Summer is meant to be the time for relaxing and unwinding – for everyone but you it feels like.

Because while most people are having a refreshing dip in the pool, you’re trying to swim against the currents of demand from customers and clients. And when others are sunbathing on the beach, you’re caught up in a sandstorm of employee issues.

You need all hands on deck. But your employee’s hands are already on deck – of a ship sailing away to a sunny, remote island…

And if they’re not, they’re thinking about it. That’s according to a survey by CareerBuilders, which found that 68% of employees spent most of their workday daydreaming and wishing they were somewhere else.

It’s why you wake up one morning to an influx of holiday requests in your inbox. And obviously, not everyone can be off work. So, then you’re in a difficult position. Who are you saying yes to and who are you having that awkward consolation chat with?

And even if holidays aren’t the issue, you might still not have enough employees to overcome the ever-lapping waves of demand. So, what do you do? You hire temporary workers to help you out. But then you have the issues of contracts and staff entitlements, which are dangerous waters to swim in unless you know your employment law. So, the stress continues…

And then just when you think you’ve tackled that, you’ve got the school closures to deal with. The kids are off school for weeks. So, your working parents are having a nightmare trying to arrange childcare which only goes and falls through last minute. That’s when they start ringing you.

And just when you’ve put the phone down and dealt with that, your employees are complaining about how hot it is, saying they can’t work in these conditions, and what’s wrong with the air con? So, you’re just about to rip your hair out when you remember…

You have unlimited support.

Here at Peninsula, we know summer can land you right in the centre of a HR and health & safety minefield.

That’s why we’re here to remind you that if you have any issues maintaining the right staffing levels and navigating holiday requests this summer, you’ve got the UK’s favourite HR software to make it simple and easy for you.

And let’s not forget your HR and health & safety experts are always just a phone call away. So whether you’ve got a question about your employees turning up to work in flip flops or how to protect your staff in hot weather, you can talk through your issues with someone over the phone.

Your advisers will be able to give you instant advice on how to tackle any workplace challenge you face this summer in the safest and quickest way possible. And alongside them, you’ve got your documentation experts to protect you with legally-binding paperwork.

So if you’ve got any issues at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help you relax for once.

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