Being the boss means you’re the one in charge, and that you’re the one who everybody else comes to when they need help. You’re an infallible figure in the eyes of the company you founded, and you’ve surrounded yourself with people who are lovely to work with and who always contribute a lot to the success of what was once just your brain child. No matter what, you’re proud of what you’ve made, and you always want to be there to see the day through!
But what happens when the time comes for you to need some time off of your own? When you’re ill or injured or otherwise predisposed because of your health, who can you turn to for help? You’re used to being in charge, and even those of us who are modest with our positions can find it struggle to put the pressure we’re used to on someone else!
So with all that in mind, let’s think about what can happen when the boss suddenly comes down with a bad case of the flu, or sprains their ankle and needs to rest in bed for the week.
You Won’t Be Able to Keep Your Eye Out
As the boss, and the one who’s often on sight and in charge, you like keeping an eye on what’s going on. You like to know what your employees are up to, and how well they’re progressing in their positions. You like to know what’s going in and out of the stock room, and you like to know what’s selling well on the shelves on the shop floor. You like to know your target market, and you like to offer ideas for your marketing campaigns, and you like getting to know the people who buy from you. All in all, you like to be involved, and quite honestly, it’s your job to be!
So when you’re ill, and can’t make it in for a good few days, and maybe even some months, you might be left feeling bereft. And not only does this put a downer on your days, but it can also hamper your recovery rate. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, after all, and if you’re always in a bad mood and losing sleep over your worries, it’s going to take even longer for you to heal up!
Not being able to keep your eye on your business is a problem, yes, but it’s not one that can’t be fixed. You have managers to do this job for you when you’re not around, and you’re still CCed in all the emails, and you probably are overly active in the employee group chat whilst you’re away… All in all, you can still be a part of what’s going on, but at a reserved distance that means you can get right back to it as soon as possible.
You’ll Need to Rely on Your Team
A lot of business bosses out there have elements of the control freak to them. They have a vision for their company that they came up with mostly on their own, and it can be hard to let someone else come in and call the shots in their place. But if you’re the boss, and you’re realising you’re going to have to stay off of work for the next couple weeks, it’s the kind of sacrifice you might just have to take.
If you run a manufacturing company, or a similar business that has a high cost to run and a reputation for quality, you might need to temporarily employ someone with similar skills to yours to take your place whilst you recover. But if you have a good team around you, you’re going to need to solely rely on them for the time being.
You’ve worked with them extensively before now; you know you can trust them! They all have jobs that help to guarantee the success of your business in the day to day, so you can definitely trust them to just keep on working normally.
You Might Incur More Business Costs
Your business has a profits margin and it has a costs margin, and hopefully the former outweighs the latter by a considerable amount! You always want to be making a profit within your company, to make sure you can always break even, lower your break even point, and set some seriously exciting financial goals for the future. After all, businesses are created to make money.
But when you’ve been injured recently, maybe in a car accident or by a wobbly shelf falling on you whilst shopping in the supermarket, there’s a good chance your costs are going to be high for the next few months. For example, you’re going to be scheduling your employees on for more shifts, and you’re going to need more than one manager in at once, and you might even need to outsource some of your operations. You’re not going to be there in person to help out, so it’ll be all hands on deck.
And then comes the lawsuit, if you have the grounds to pursue one. You could check out Van Sant Law’s team of personal injury lawyers, if you like to keep your private life and finances well away from your company’s, but a lot of business owners out there need to rely on the revenue flowing in and out of their businesses to cope with lawyer fees. They’re not cheap to try and pay for, and even just an hour’s worth of initial consultation could cost you upwards of $500!
Being sick when you’re the boss can be hard on quite a few of us, but it’s something we’re all going to have to cope with if we run companies of our own. For some it’ll be harder than others – if you’re a home business owner, you might just have to put a hold on all operations until you’re better again – but it’s something you can get through!