As the summer vacation season approaches, develop a formal policy that explains how employees should request time off, Jaimy Ford writes. It's also a good idea to train your employees so they can perform multiple roles, notify clients before staff members take time off and have your workers maintain up-to-date job descriptions, she writes. "Prove that you support a healthy work-life balance by enthusiastically granting time off -- and taking a vacation yourself," Ford writes.

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