When you dip into an article from an HR consultant about work-life balance, you probably have a few preconceptions about what we’re going to say. You might imagine that we’re going tell you that time off is vital, and that no one can fire on all cylinders without getting some well-deserved time away from the office. Maybe you think that we’re going to drive home the importance of adhering to the legislation around working hours, and ensuring that you aren’t breaking the law when it comes to how you require your staff to turn up and get stuff done.
And of course, all of these things are important and most definitely have their place.
Here’s the thing though…
We’re business owners too. We understand that it can feel like your work is never going to be done. We know the pressures of running the show, managing a team, and trying to hold it all together.
So how about today, we have a frank and honest conversation about YOUR work-life balance, as the head honcho in your business?
Sure, sometimes the long hours are inevitable if you want to reach your goals, make more sales and put food on the table. But the reality is that you can’t serve anyone – including yourself – if you’re constantly tired, burnt out, and spinning way too many plates at the same time. No one said that running a business was going to be easy, but it can certainly be a whole load more simple when you recognise that you aren’t a machine.
If you know that it’s only a matter of time before things start to spiral out of control, here’s one important thing that you can do to help right now:
Delegate, and outsource the things that you’re just no good at
If you’re spending half your days firefighting people management issues, or focusing on anything at all that isn’t your zone of genius, then you’re definitely limiting your earning potential.
How To Delegate Effectively
Brief Properly - carefully outline the outcome you’re expecting together with expected timelines and any constraints or barriers
Don’t Micro Manage - Try not to be too exacting when explaining the process itself - let them do it their way
Have Faith - Trust them to do a good job. You are not indispensable and competent people can get to grips with anything with enough practise
Set Them Up For Success - Make sure they are armed with everything they might need to do complete the task with aplomb
Give Credit Where Credit’s Due - A bit of recognition goes a long way. And never forget to say thank you.
HR issues can often be a headache for business owners. Seeking help from a consultant will save you time and money as well as whole pile of stress. Do get in touch with us at theHRhub to chat about how we could work together to get you some breathing space, a bit more time outside of the office, and a cohesive plan to help reach your goals.
Give us a call today on 0203 627 7048 or drop us a line at email@example.com and we can arrange to have a no-obligation discussion about your next steps.