Taking time to relax on vacation can be a challenge for small business owners. For some, just the thought of being away can be can too much – which is why many neglect to take much-needed time away from the workplace.
In fact, according to Xero, 85 percent of small business owners admit to working while on vacation. Recognizing that unplugging might be out of the question, use your down time to advance as a professional while leaving the everyday business in the hands of your capable team. For those of you considering a break this spring, here are a few tips to make the most of your time off.
Make sure your team is prepared.
Preparation and transparency are crucial if you’re planning to be out of the office. Business Know How shares some tips on how to make your absence easier on everyone, including yourself, while enjoying your vacation. Be sure to share your contact information with your employees and let clients know that you’ll be out of the office. Be clear about when you’re leaving and when you’ll return.
Identify a point person.
Delegate responsibility to a trusted employee while you’re gone. This person will have the keys, literally, to the business and know where and how to access passwords and other important information. Set boundaries and share examples of what constitutes an emergency and what can wait. For comfort, always let the person know that when in doubt, they should contact you.
Make time to check in.
Between fun excursions or extended time away from your laptop or cellphone, set aside time to make yourself available daily. Designate a specific hour or timeframe each day to check phone calls and emails. This will give you peace of mind when you’re easing into vacation life.
Take an online class.
If you’re someone who enjoys learning while stepping away from the day to day, consider enrolling in a course that will benefit your career. There are several new tools available for entrepreneurs, managers and specialists to gain knowledge in digital marketing and build relationships through social media like Facebook BluePrint resources. The Balance also shares some helpful and low-cost options to expand your knowledge on business management.
Ultimately, however you choose to vacation is up to you. The benefits of vacation can’t be disputed as studies show increased productivity, better morale and reduced stress levels to name a few. Put trust into the team you’ve built and empower them to lead while you’re away. They’ll appreciate the acknowledgment and you’ll appreciate the rest.