Today I accomplished something pretty significant:
I did the rosters up to the 4th of January!
I will be away doing my Cert IV in Fitness course in December (I will be a personal trainer at the end of it) and wanted to get as much of the holiday schedule blocked out as possible, as well as have staff prepared for events coming up. There’s still work to be done and organising to do, but it was a big step forward in getting ready for the “Silly Season.”
But all this planning isn’t going to do much good if the staff keep getting sick! Seriously, they are dropping like flies these days!
Corry went down first, with pneumonia, and Kristie not far behind her with bronchitis. Kobie is feeling the signs of coming down with something. Everyone’s feeling a little ragged.
Why is it that when one goes down, everyone seems to follow? 😦
We have a work environment where ‘bums on seats’ is important. We need to have at least one staff present from 6:00am to 8:30pm or later M-F and varied hours on weekends as well. So it’s not like some places where a person’s work just piles up waiting for them to get back, we need to have someone there. It’s made it a bit hard to keep the place staffed, and we have had to be creative and flexible with our rosters for the last few days, and the next few to come, I suppose!
I know it’s the time of year, and that, unfortunately, by putting more pressure on the staff that are still healthy to keep going and fill shifts, we put all of us at risk of getting worn down. But I don’t think there’s much that can be done.
So we will plug away at it and hopefully get through the holiday season unscathed!
Bring on the holidays, I say! We all need a break! 🙂