Recruitment: How employers can set the business up for success while they’re taking time off

Sheep Central, October 15, 2015

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OWNERS and managers operating along the lamb or wool supply chain need to be in the best mental state possible and regular time off can be essential for renewing and rejuvenating both mind and body.

Overworked employers can end up with decreased stamina, creativity and patience, setting a bad example to their employees by not taking time off when needed and creating further angst.

One of the biggest fears that business owners have whilst taking a holiday, particularly in the red meat industry, is that their business may crumble or fall apart while they’re away.

The following is a list of things for employers to consider to ensure that they set themselves, their team and their business up for success the next time they are away:

Switch off

Follow the example of Europeans and tell everyone in advance that you’ll be unreachable, then actually make yourself unreachable.

Most of us are terrible at letting-go, but on holidays is the ideal time to switch off.

If switching off your phone and emails completely is just not possible, put all technology away except for 30 minutes a day to check on any potential emergencies or urgent matters. 

Test your staff

Time away by an employer can also be used as a testing opportunity for their team to see if they thrive and step up to the task, or dodge responsibilities.

More often than not, employers can effectively evaluate employees when they are physically absent and assess how they cope when handling situations without direct supervision from a superior.

Delegate while you’re gone

At least a month before his or her period of absence, an employer should make a list of everything they need covered to allow the business to run smoothly while away.

They should find someone they trust to delegate those tasks/duties, and give them the authority to make decisions on their own.

Work from home first

A great tip for making the transition and maximising holiday time is to work from home the day before the first travel day of the holiday. Avoid the yards, the production floor or the sales room.

That way the team adjusts to their employer being out of the business, and yet they are available to handle last minute tasks or requests if needed.


Source: Meat Processors Pty Ltd


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