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Holidays Ahead: Should Your Nonprofit Close Over the Holidays to Give Your Employees a Break?
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The winter holiday season is just around the corner – the time of year when many nonprofit staff members take off from work to travel, spend time with their families, or just enjoy being home.

So if only a few employees are left behind to work, should you close your agency down for the last week or two of the year?

For many nonprofit CEOs and board members, it’s a tough question.

Depending on your organization’s work, there could be clients in need of your services during the stressful holiday season. And if you are a fairly new or small agency, there could be concerns about losing clients or falling behind in paperwork.

In approaching this decision, know this: we all have to take a brief break from work sometime, even when you’re in the middle of a big project or building your client base. Experts have long determined that vacation prevents employee burnout, improves productivity, and even reduces illnesses. So the healthier and happier you and your staff are, the more your agency will benefit.

If the holidays aren't too busy a time for you, closing down gives everyone in your office a chance to get away, relax and come back feeling fully recharged. Plus, this will send a message to your clients and even in the general community that you care about your staff and want them to spend time with their families during the holidays.

Even closing for a few days can do wonders for your team’s work habits and morale.

The key to shutting down your agency for the holidays is careful preparation. Plan ahead to be sure the client management, finances, and other priorities are in order for when the office is closed.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s vital to take time away from work, whether it’s during the holiday season or another time of the year. You'll be better able to serve your clients and run a more productive nonprofit.

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