How We Deal With Holidays and Paid Time Off – Practical Advice

I received an email from Mike asking me how I deal with holidays and time-off with the Online Filipino Specialists (OFS).

Mike said he gives his 14 OFS 25 days off a year. He found that rather than going into the specifics on US versus Philippines holidays and time-off, he gives his OFS 25 paid days off throughout the year. 

This is a great idea! Giving your OFS a fixed number of paid days off gives them the ability to plan ahead, and they’d feel your trust. 

Speaking of holidays and paid time-off – I often receive questions about how we go about it with our OFS at Honestly, I don’t really track my OFS’ times off. They can take as much time-off as they want or need; All I ask them is to let me know.

I don’t really care which holidays they’re taking off or how they spend their days-off; as long as I am kept in the loop and made aware beforehand, that’s good enough for me. Some of my OFS go on vacation but still take a little time off their day to check on their tasks, which is great!

My OFS being sick doesn’t count, of course. I don’t have to be told ahead of time because no one knows when they’re going to need medical attention, but I would like to know as soon as they can so I’ll know how I could help.

Maternity and paternity leaves are something else. This crash-course should help.

Our blog has many practical tips like this one. Head on to our outsourcing education page to catch the whole series.

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Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).

With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.

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