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Closing the Office for the Holidays

Holiday Shutdown Checklist

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Preparing your office for a shutdown is as easy as following this "Holiday Shutdown Checklist." Done properly, your customers, vendors and employees will be well aware of your scheduled shutdown and you can avoid angry customers and disgruntled employees upon your return. Additionally, you can also save some money.

1. Notify Employees, Customers and Vendors

Make sure you notify key stakeholders in your company at least two to four weeks ahead of time. Employees can be notified/reminded using an insert in their pay check. Customers can be notified on your website and via your automated attendant message on your phone system. Vendors (especially those with reoccurring delivery schedules) can be notified via email or regular postal mail.

2. Notify Security Personnel/Service

Send a memo to your security personal or security service notifying them of the closing dates. Make sure your emergency contact list is up to date with key employee phone numbers.

3. Change Automated Attendant Greeting

Schedule your automated attendant greeting on your phone system to reflect that the office closed. Make sure you also state when the office will reopen. If you provide emergency services (i.e. heating and cooling, plumbing, etc.) be sure to tell your callers how to reach your answering service or your cell phone during the shutdown.

4. Notify Answering Service

If you use an answering service make sure to notify them of the dates that the office will be shut down and make sure your contact list is up to date with employee phone numbers that will be on call.

5. Change Voicemail Greetings

If your phone system allows external calls to ring directly to your employees' desks, then you need to make sure that they use a temporary or "Out of Office" voicemail greeting that lets the caller know that they are not in the office.  Additionally, your employees should also let the call know when they will return and what to do if they need immediate assistance while the office is closed for the holiday.

6. Reduce Thermostat

Save some energy and some money by setting back (or reprogramming) your office thermostat during the shut down.

7. Servers Backup

If you have critical computers and servers, make sure the back up cycle runs properly before and after the shutdown. Reduce your exposure to a disaster by scheduling your offsite backup for an early pickup rather than waiting for after the holiday shutdown to be over.

8. Turn Off Office Equipment

  • Desk lights
  • Copiers
  • Calculators
  • Overhead lights
  • Shredders

9. Turn Off Computers & Peripherals

  • Computer
  • Monitor
  • Scanner
  • Printer

10. Do NOT Turn Off

  • Fax machines
  • Phone System
  • Server Computers
  • Heaters/Lights for Tropical Fish Tanks
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