The recession has small business owners everywhere cancelling or postponing their vacations. In 2010, 55% of small business owners had not taken a vacation in the last two or more years per a recent poll. Research shows that men who take vacations are 32% less likely to die of heart disease; women who vacation at least two times a year are less likely to suffer from heart disease. So maybe Connecticut business owners should head to the Connecticut shore or take a trip into Boston!
There are many reasons why you should get away from the office. It certainly is better for your health, and guess what—some of your most innovative ideas come from being away from the desk. There usually is an increase in job performance post the vacation and you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. While you are on vacation you might be able to do a bit of networking with people you meet.
If you feel stressed about leaving your business, then plan ahead and make sure that vacation is really a vacation. A small business owner can do a few of the following items to ensure a relaxing time:
- Predict a slow time in your business (seasonal businesses)
- Delegate duties to the right person
- Trust your employees to do the job
- Call in when necessary
- Notify your customers that you will be out of the office
- Review your calendar ahead of time
- Have a contingency plan in case of any emergencies
- List your top priorities
Remember—you are only a phone call away and most likely you are connected to the business using one of your various mobile devices. Vacations are important and that doesn’t necessarily mean going to a faraway place. There are many wonderful places to visit right here in New England. What’s important is that you really let go! If you are worried about whether or not your business can survive while you are away, maybe it is time to re-examine your business to ensure that all is running properly.
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