Monday 8th May 2023 has been announced as an additional bank holiday across the UK, to mark King Charles III’s Coronation. While this may be the cause of celebration for many, businesses will need to plan ahead to avoid potential staffing issues.

To start off, will your business close, remain fully open, or operate on limited hours and reduced staff?

In this blog, we’ll look at how businesses can prepare for the extra Bank Holiday.

Government approved bank holiday

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has said the time off would mark “a unique moment for our country” and give people the chance to “come together and celebrate”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also approved the bank holiday in Scotland, as a mark of respect.

The bank holiday will take place two days after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey which falls on Saturday 6th May, and be in addition to the May bank holidays already scheduled for Monday 1st May and Monday 29th May 2023.

For businesses remaining open

Prevent staff shortages

If your business plans to remain open or operate on reduced hours, you’ll need to make arrangements to prevent staff shortages.

With LeavePlanner, it’s easy to maintain the correct staffing levels, by managing holiday and staff absences. You can set staff leave limits and blackout periods, to ensure you maintain adequate staffing levels across the business.

Specify rotas

If your opening hours are due to change, administrators will need to specify new working hours, working patterns and rotas for employees. This can be done simply with LeavePlanner.

Arrange cover

You may find you need to arrange cover staff to meet your business’ demands. LeavePlanner can manage shift timetables, making the whole process straightforward.

For businesses closing

Book time off efficiently

LeavePlanner can manage absences over bank holidays effectively. The software can automatically populate bank holidays and calculate employee’s remaining holiday allowance.

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