If there is one thing that I am sure of it is that business owners never truly alienate. You may look like you’re taking a break; however every family member of a business owner knows better than to believe that façade. However what if taking a break will really work for you and your business, whether it be for a half day, a few days, or even more than a few weeks, will be the best thing for your business and your health.
According to the Harvard Business Review, overworking yourself leads to numerous health problems including cognitive impairment, lack of sleep, feeling grumpy, heart ailments and not working at your best. And negatively impacts the bottom line from loss of focus, impaired judgment calls, and reduction of interpersonal skills.
Now that we’ve established it’s good for you and your business health to take a break. Here are some of the helpful steps to get ready your business for your well-deserved break.
Take A Look At Your Calendar
As everyone knows that the summer season can be the busiest season of the year. You need to find some time in your schedule in which you have less deliverables due, business conferences, one-on-one meetings and many others. Pick up those and take the break.
Prepare Your Staff
You need also to pick someone you trust to manage your business in your absence. Your break is an opportunity for that team member to step up and take the wheel. They actually will need it, and that they will not let you down. Make certain that person left in charge knows what decision he is allowed to make and what needs to wait until you come. To end with, that person also needs to know where you are throughout your vacation time and in case of an emergency how to reach you.
Inform Your Customers In Advance
In case you are running a customer based business, let them know you are leaving for vacation for some time and also about the time when you will be back. You also need to make sure they know who to contact in your absence and provide an explanation for to that man or woman what they need to know about any current issues customers are going through.
Internet Is Almost Everywhere
Internet access is available almost everywhere. However it is also true that at present there are so many places in the world in which you can’t get online when you need to. So if there is an emergency, you’ll be able to contact the team to address the problem.
Set Your Check-In Time
I know what I’m about to say is contrary to common sense to everything else I’ve said here. However in case you are on vacation it is also good for you to spare few minutes for checking your emails this will keep you up to date on any issue in your business and also give you the peace of mind that your business isn’t raised to the ground without you there. Choose an agreed upon time of day and time limit of checking-in before you leave on your vacation to avoid any tiffs throughout your vacation.