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Cover For Holidays – Are you Covered?

05 Jul 2023

Jean O'Donovan

Waving goodbye to the office as you go on annual leave is the best feeling! But what happens to your workload while you're away?

It’s summer holiday season and all over the country, people are happily waving goodbye to the office and heading off on their holidays with friends and family. But what happens while they’re gone? Who looks after their workload or are they simply coming back to endless emails and an overflowing voice-mail box?

Employers having temporary cover for employees' annual leave is so important both from a business perspective and from a duty of care to their employees. We’ve outlined below just a few of the reasons why hiring in a temporary resource to cover your employees’ annual leave is the best move you can make! 

Continuity of Operations: When an employee takes annual leave, their absence can disrupt the normal workflow and operations of a business or organisation. By having temporary cover in place, employers ensure that critical tasks and responsibilities can be carried out seamlessly, minimising any negative impact on productivity and service delivery.

Customer Satisfaction: In many industries, maintaining consistent and high-quality customer service is crucial for maintaining a positive reputation and retaining clients. Temporary cover helps ensure that customer enquiries, requests, and concerns are addressed promptly, preventing any disruptions in customer service and maintaining satisfaction levels.

Employee Well-being: Annual leave is an important entitlement that allows employees to rest, recharge, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. By providing temporary cover, employers support their employees' well-being by enabling them to take their holidays without worrying about work piling up or tasks being neglected. This contributes to higher job satisfaction and reduces the risk of burnout or stress-related issues.

Knowledge and Skill Transfer: Temporary cover provides an opportunity to bring in new perspectives, skills, and knowledge to the workplace. When a temporary employee fills in for someone on annual leave, they may bring fresh ideas, insights, and expertise that can benefit the organisation. This cross-pollination of knowledge can lead to innovation, improved processes, and increased overall competency within the workforce.

Risk Mitigation: Certain roles within a company may involve critical responsibilities or tasks that cannot be left unattended for an extended period. Having temporary cover for employees' annual leave reduces the risk of errors, delays, or other adverse outcomes that may occur when these responsibilities are left unaddressed. It helps maintain the necessary level of supervision, oversight, and expertise required for smooth operations.

Team Morale and Collaboration: When employees take annual leave, their colleagues often have to take on additional work or adjust their own schedules to compensate for their absence. Continuous burden without temporary cover can lead to increased stress, frustration, and decreased morale within the team. By providing temporary cover, employers demonstrate their commitment to equitable work distribution, fostering a positive team environment and maintaining healthy working relationships.


In summary, temporary cover for employees' annual leave is crucial for ensuring operational continuity, maintaining customer satisfaction, supporting employee well-being, facilitating knowledge transfer, mitigating risks, and fostering a positive work environment. It enables organisations to manage workload effectively, minimise disruptions, and ensure that employees can take their well-deserved time off without compromising productivity or service quality. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Brightwater’s Temps Team now and see how we can help you

Jean O’Donovan is Deputy Managing Director of The Brightwater Group and can be reached at + 353 1 5927846 or by email