• How to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly While You’re on Vacation

    vacation on the beach

    The time has come.  You’ve got all your ducks in a row and your ticket and hotel are booked.  You’re headed off on a much-needed vacation.

    But in the back of your mind, the wheels are spinning at warp speed.  You’re walking away from your business, leaving it in the hands of your trusted employees.  But you’re an entrepreneur and that means you hold yourself accountable – even when you’re trying to relax and unwind.

    We’d like to help.  We know how to keep your business running smoothly while you’re on vacation, so we’re offering these tips to take some of the anxiety out of the equation.  Less anxiety means more “chill”, so prepare to get the total rest you need.

    Trust and Preparation

    You hired your employees to help you build your business.  You trust them.  You believe them to be completely capable of taking the reins while you take a break.

    That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it easier.  Get as much of the big picture stuff done before you leave as possible.  That leaves your employees to keep doing what they do.  While you reduce your anxiety about deliverables, you reduce their performance anxiety.

    If you’ve selected your staff carefully, your business will hum along like a finely tuned machine as you stretch out on a beach chair.

    Stay Marginally Tuned In

    Checking in with your staff while you’re away is expected.  But if you’re doing that every half hour, you’re obsessing.  Also, make it clear to employees that your availability is severely limited and that you’ll only be checking emails every other day, in the morning.  This is a great safety blanket for them and freedom for you.

    You want to stay tuned in but only marginally and only at prescribed times of the day, to make sure you’re hearing only what you absolutely need to.

    The Myth of Indispensability

    No one is truly indispensable.  Even the greatest lead actor in the world has an understudy.  When you’ve assembled the right team, roles should be interchangeable and interacting collaboratively enough that employees can readily support each other -and you, in your absence.

    Communicating your expectations for this ideal in teamwork as a part of your company culture is a good habit to get into.  It allows you to take the time you need to recharge, while developing talent in your company and growing it to create the leaders of tomorrow.

    While everyone’s important and valuable, no one should be indispensable to the point that the wheels stop turning when they step away for a moment.

    Lead Time

    As the company lead, you can’t just take off whenever you feel like it.  It goes with the territory.  You need to let your employees know, well in advance, when you’re leaving and when you’re coming back.

    And generous notice gives you the opportunity to delegate effectively, assigning duties to those people you know are best prepared to manage them.

    Norton Financials acts as your personal finance department, making getting away even easier.  Contact us.

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