A reader writes:
I am the owner of a small business and responsible for my team of three employees. As a tour operator, our work is seasonal, with a very busy period for seven months of the year and little to do for the other five.
During the quiet period, I feel a huge amount of stress to create work for the employees to keep them busy. So much so, it interferes with the quality of work I produce (I take care of sales for the tour operator and community directly with clients; the employees look after the operational side of things).
I dread going into my workplace every morning having enough work only for one employee, knowing the other two would be sitting there twiddling their thumbs. It gets me all panicky and I know that for them, it must be boring and demotivating.
The workload is such that one employee would be sufficient during the quiet months, with three at our peak. I have thought about seasonal employees but donâ€™t think this would be a good fit for our small business. Sourcing and training new staff members every year would be a drain of my time and money.
I have researched into the