For many entrepreneurs, it can be difficult to imagine taking a vacation, let alone leaving their business in the hands of others. However, you can look at planned time away as a positive thing for the following reasons:
- It gives your employees an opportunity to shine, and take on new challenges
- You are setting a good example for your employees by showing them that you take time for yourself and your family
- It gives you a chance to rest and recharge so you can come back to work refreshed, with new ideas
Preparing for time away
Part of good employee management is preparing the people who work for you for new responsibilities by providing ongoing training and learning opportunities, or even mentorship. Being a good leader is about more than being the boss; it's about empowering your employees.
Before you go:
- Set a point person who will be responsible while you are away
- Meet to review all your expectations; make sure your point person understands what's required and can handle the responsibility
- Let others know who is in charge, and what issues can wait until you get back
Dealing with customers
Depending on what type of business you own, you may want to contact some of your key customers before you go, and let them know how long you will be gone and who is replacing you during that time. For example, if you provide specialized services where you work directly with the customers, they may want to know that your replacement is capable of delivering the service they've come to expect.
Even if you don't have any direct contact with your customers, you will likely want to review certain procedures with your employees, and make sure things are running smoothly. Use time management practices to help.
Learn to let go
Remember, if you're gone, be gone. Checking messages or calling in can keep you from enjoying a true break and can create confusion among your employees. Knowing you've prepared them properly should allow you the freedom to step away and give you the peace of mind that you've left your business in good hands.