In some countries the construction industry closes over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Last week I published an article ‘is your project holiday ready?’ Judging by comments some projects will be working through the holidays. I’ve often worked an extra week into the holidays, always with limited results. Some clients are eager to push their contractors to work on holidays but don’t realise the implications.
In some countries holidays may not be celebrated now, but later in the year. Whenever you may have a holiday period you will almost definitely face challenges getting your project to continue working through the holidays.
Why working over the holidays isn’t good
Here are a few reasons why I don’t like working through holiday periods.
If you have to work through the holidays be prepared
If you absolutely have to work the project through the holidays then consider the following:
Working over the holidays is often counterproductive, costs money and often achieves little. However, if you have to work it is best to be prepared so that you maximise productivity and aren’t adversely impacted by factors that could have been avoided if proper planning was done before hand.
Don’t let working through holidays become a habit or a norm. Plan your projects to take holidays into account.
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