We live in a world where change is fast and we can’t control it. Life is stressful and sometimes we feel powerless. Families that were once around the corner, are often either fractured or distant. Even marriage isn’t the reliable safety net that it once was. We are richer than ever before and we buy more goods than any other generation, and yet statistics keep showing that we are unhappier than ever.
As a small business owner you will be working on average 63% more than other workers. Nobody ever became a business owner so they could avoid working hard.
Running your own business stretches anybody’s work-life balance to the absolute limit. And it has emerged that micro-business owners are working an average of 52 hours a week, 63 per cent longer than the average worker.
Many micro business owners are both time and cash-strapped, they need to make the most of every day because the amount of time being squeezed into the working week is enormous.‚ π
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb
When you started up in business and thought about the perfect workplace, what came to mind? For some it may be an office that is full of chitter chatter, smiles and high levels of productivity. Others may see it as employee’s sitting around on beanbags brainstorming ideas in an open office environment. There are some that see a perfect workplace as quiet order with work being done. For me it was everything that I didn’t like in places I had already worked ‚ ¨ I wanted my work place to be fun, challenging, encouraging, developmental and with abundance of respect and loyalty. I don’t go to work to be miserable so why should others‚ π
As a small business owner you can be at the mercy of your employees. You cannot after all control how your employee’s get up each day or choose their attitude or how their day will pan out. This unknown can cause difficulties in a workplace as the different personality types, outside experiences, and choices a person makes can ultimately effect others.
What we can do however is nurture a workplace that many often dream about. From my experience of workplace’s and as a small business owner myself, I have put together 8 tips to build that mythic, dreamed about, idealized workplace from the ground up.
Essentially however, in my opinion, as a business owner the best way to get a dream work place is – treat others as you would have them treat you‚ π
Time to unplug, recharge and refuel
Tip Number 4
Allow employees time to unplug, recharge and refuel. No one knows more than a business owner that time is one of the most valuable commodities in life. After all you are working working on average 63% more than other workers already.
In today’s technology-driven world, there is an incessant need to be connected through email, computers, social media, phones, tablets and more. Out of sight, but not out of mind is true for an employee’s connection to technology.
To truly shutdown and recharge, employees must turn off the technology, and be allowed to truly rest. Overwhelmed, overworked employees produce less innovation, decreased productivity and end up burning out, or worse yet, becoming ill.
When employee’s go on holiday don’t send emails to action when they are back ‚ ¨ take their phone off them, take their computer off them ‚ ¨ unless it is a real life or death situation ‚ ¨ work can wait, let them have their time. They will appreciate you for it. Encourage actual time off with family and friends.
You can also work as a team to identify processes to work smarter not harder. I have spent the last 12 months working with my team on tightening our processes so we can get the same amount of work done in a far quicker and more effective manner. The highlight was installing an Officer Server ‚ ¨ the ease at which we share documents and work is amazing.