If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’ve probably been chugging along, working hard at your small business, without a break in years! You’re in desperate need of a vacation, and that’s okay. You’ve earned it, and you deserve a break. But your staff members may need some prepping ahead of your absence. Here’s how to prepare them when you leave for that vacation:
- Have a Worst-Scenario Plan
While something horrible and life-threatening is unlikely to happen while you’re away, it’s important to be prepared for the worst. You never know when an emergency may arise or a natural disaster may strike. Make sure your employees know about your contingency plan for a worst case scenario. Consider having your passwords and other important information tucked away somewhere safe, and give a select few trusted employees access. If something happens and you are incapacitated, your staff will be able to keep the business moving.
- Have a Daily Routine
Do you start every day in the office with a group huddle? Does every day end with a phone call overseas where your factories are located? Having a daily routine helps the flow of your small business become a well-oiled machine, and your employees will have no trouble continuing it in your absence. Ensure that the company culture and company vision are so fully engrained in all your employees through this daily routine that they will know exactly what to do, even when you’re not there.
- Give Them a Job to Do
Before you leave, assign sufficient tasks for your employees to accomplish before you return. This will keep them busy and ensure that nobody uses it as an opportunity to phone it in. Assign specific projects, outlining the various steps required to get them done. It’s a way to keep employees productive and on track while you’re away.
- Give Them a Treat
Workdays without the boss can be stressful for some offices, especially if employees frequently turn to you for guidance or advice. Consider planning a catered lunch one day of the week, perhaps, to say thank you for all their hard work. It’s just a small gesture to keep them going until you return.
- Give Them a Way to Reach You
Allow your employees to reach you in case there’s an urgent question that must be answered. Give them your personal email address if you don’t have access to your work email from your vacation destination. Keep your phone on in case of emergencies. But let them know that they shouldn’t use it unless there is truly something important to be addressed. You are on vacation, after all!
Don’t be afraid to take a hard-earned vacation. You deserve it! Just prepare your employees ahead of time. Do you have any other areas of your small business that need guidance? Visit www.biz2credit.com, and one of our consultants would be glad to help.