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New Zealand public holidays are never far from the media – whether it’s campaigns to introduce another one or to urge us to change the way we spend them – but when it comes to running a successful business, it pays to know exactly how to contend with them.
At this time of the year, we face the usual winter break from public holidays between Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day – which is the ideal time to create a strategy of how to work through them over the next 12 months.
So first of all, when are they? Here’s our guide to the year ahead.
ANZAC Day: Monday April 25
Queen’s Birthday: Monday June 6
Canterbury (South) anniversary day: Monday September 26
Hawke’s Bay anniversary day: Friday October 21
Labour Day: Monday October 24
Marlborough anniversary day: Monday October 31
Canterbury anniversary day: Friday November 11
Westland anniversary day: Monday November 28
Chatham Islands anniversary day: Monday November 28
Christmas Day: Sunday December 25 (or Tuesday December 27)
Boxing Day: Monday December 26
New Year’s Day: Sunday January 1 (or Tuesday January 3)
Day after New Year’s Day: Monday January 2
Wellington anniversary day: Monday January 23
Auckland anniversary day: Monday January 30
Nelson anniversary day: Monday January 30
Waitangi Day: Monday February 6
Taranaki anniversary day: Monday March 13
Otago anniversary day: Monday March 20
Good Friday: Friday April 14
Easter Monday: Monday April 17
Southland anniversary day: Tuesday April 18
ANZAC Day: Tuesday April 25
For companies with multiple branches throughout the country all having their own anniversary days that’s 23 potential dates to circle on the calendar when employees either won’t be coming in or will have the right to time and a half with a day off in lieu. And that’s certainly going to provide a headache for some HR departments.
Add into the mix that Christmas and New Year’s Day next summer fall on a Sunday and you have the added complexity of extremely short working weeks when the bulk of employees will book annual leave.
But public holidays aren’t just about ensuring that you have the right staffing levels to get though either slack or busy periods – and, of course, ensuing holiday pay rates are calculated properly (something else which is certainly creating headaches in New Zealand at the moment!)
They also create important strategic spotlights for any company’s recruitment process.
For example, for some businesses, public holidays mark important peak periods for business. This can be due to geography (shops, entertainment and hospitality businesses in holiday hotspots) or time of the year (companies associated with agriculture traditionally need more workers during harvest – and because that’s weather dependant, it’s not going to take a day off for public holidays).
In these cases it’s important for businesses to concentrate on these key issues:
The other challenge for businesses around public holidays is to ensure your recruitment strategy doesn’t fall foul of key decision-makers not being around and causing bottlenecks.
This can be remedied by:
For more information on how QJumpers can provide recruitment software and services to help you identify peak periods and recruit for them successfully , contact us on 0800 758673, firstname.lastname@example.org via the website.