As a small business owner, you might not have time to take a vacation or when you think you do, you end up spending the whole week on your phone or computer. We understand how not being able to take a vacation becomes a norm. In fact, you aren’t alone. Workers that don’t even own a business have started not using their vacation days. So just imagine how much harder for a small business owner it is to take one.
Most likely you have an idea that you need to be involved in every little thing or that you can’t trust your employees to do as great of a job as you are. There is also never enough time. Does this sound familiar?
As a Master Agency of SIAA we are hoping to help our members remember why taking a vacation or even a few days off can be beneficial. Keep reading for more information.
Why You Need Time Off
Various studies have found that those who regularly enjoy time away from work helps to reduce stress, decrease chances of a heart attack, refresh creative thinking, and increase productivity. So why are you skipping out on enjoying time off? There are many reasons and excuses and we understand all of them.
How to Take Time Off
Step 1: Delegate
If your business has other employees, delegate various tasks to them. This include emergency situations as well. By delegating, you will know who is doing what and handling various issues that might occur when you are away. When delegating, define what an emergency is and who should be the one to contact you. This helps to streamline any emergency situations and you know if they call that you need to handle the siutation.
Step 2: Create a Schedule
If you just can’t step away from work, then create a schedule for when you will be working from your hotel, condo, etc. Aim for times when you might not be too busy with sightseeing or enjoying the scenery. Normally mornings and evenings are great times to work. You can review any emails, respond, and prep your team for the next day by providing answers to any questions they have.
Step 3: Practice
If you still aren’t convinced you can take a relaxing vacation, try practicing a few times before you actually leave. This could be any type of practice you choose. Try taking a day off here or there or event working from home. It will help your team adjust and assess any potential issues that need to be addressed.
Step 4: Awareness
Don’t decide to just go on a vacation a week before you are leaving. By having an open communication and discussion with your staff, you can prepare them for your absence. Also, be aware of any upcoming meetings or “busy” times when your staff needs you most.
We know that taking a vacation can be a daunting task. Don’t let it ruin vacations for you though. By delegating, scheduling, practicing, and spreading awareness of your absence, you have the best chances of enjoying a relaxing vacation with your friends and/or family.