Sometimes we run into problems here in summer months when many employees wish to go on vacation, but we need to maintain certain staff levels. I am wondering what policies you all use in terms of vacations when it comes to ensuring staff levels are adequate. In other words, how do you determine who has "preference" over another employee when it comes time to too many requesting the same period of time (same week) off?
Is it based on seniority? First-come first-served? How far in advance do you require employees to designate their vacations/put in their requests?