Are you taking a holiday this summer? If you’re working long hours to keep your enterprise going make sure you’ve got a work/life balance.
Haines Watts carried out a survey recently*, which found a mere 2% of London and South East business owners thought their work-life balance is tipped towards life, while almost two thirds (63%) said it goes the other way.
Half said their family re-motivates them, while 33% cite remembering why they started the business in the first place as a key re-motivating factor, and 32% say their own personal drive gives them the will to go on. That said, everyone needs a break – for both emotional and mental wellbeing.
Our top five tips for enjoying that much-needed holiday are:
1. Plan to go on holiday – you should already have a business plan but double check that your systems and processes will be effective during your absence. Focus on areas like how enquiries and sales will be dealt with, cashflow management, delivery, customer service and complaints.
2. Communicate – with both staff and customers well in advance about your holiday. Colleagues need to know exactly what their responsibilities will be and clients may want a contact name in your absence. Also brief suppliers as appropriate, so orders are not disrupted.
3. Put a message on your telephone answering machine and email saying that you’re away and who they can contact in your absence – and when you’ll be back. Or perhaps use a business answering service to respond to urgent enquiries. It won’t be a holiday if you don’t!
4. While you’re away try not to check your phone messages all the time. Ideally, tell your staff not to contact you unless it’s an emergency.
5. When preparing for your trip, consider everything that will allow you to return from holiday refreshed and energized ready to be more productive than you are now – and make sure you include it.
… and don’t forget to enter our HWYE competition before you go!
For further information and local office contacts please visit www.hwca.com
For survey details: www.hwca.com/for-love-or-money