What Is The Plan If You Do Not Show Up For Work Tomorrow?
Think about the last time you were unexpectedly out of the office for the day. No matter the reason, you weren’t there and one of two things happened: Either your mobile phone rang all day long with issues at the office, or it didn’t ring at all, leaving you to wonder what the heck (if anything) was going on. In either case it was a huge headache for you, in addition to whatever it was that kept you out that day in the first place.
Now, what if that day became days, or weeks? What would happen to your business if fate reared its ugly head and you were out for a month, or longer? For a day, your staff could probably “wing it” and get by. But any longer and there are sure to be meetings to reschedule, projects to postpone, employee issues to handle, payroll and bookkeeping issues to be dealt with and so on. Most or all of that simply won’t get done without a business contingency plan. So take a moment and consider…what is the plan if you do not show up for work tomorrow? Who is going to do everything that you do if you’re not there?
Don’t feel too bad if you don’t have the answer, because the fact is that most companies don’t either. It’s not by design, but most companies will be forced to “wing it” if the owner or key executive is suddenly sidelined. So if you’re in that situation you shouldn’t feel bad because you’re not the only one, but now that you’ve read this and are aware that you’re at risk — you should certainly feel bad if you fail to do anything to prevent it.
So, what to do?
Create a business contingency plan. Just like everything else you accomplish in your business, this issue needs a solid plan in place to manage you through it. Develop a strategy that covers everything you do for the business, whether that means having someone else do it temporarily or a system that allows you to delay certain responsibilities until your return.
The simplest way to come up with your list is to keep a journal of everything you do each day, for a least a week — perhaps longer depending on your particular business. Then, go through your list and figure out who can do what in your absence, what might need to be outsourced temporarily, and what can definitely wait. Then start a process of training your staff for those interim responsibilities and review that on a regular basis. Don’t try to get it perfect from the start, because your plan will have to grow as your business evolves. Start with the basics and grow it from there.
This may seem like a lot of time invested “just in case”, but consider your business contingency plan a type of insurance against what you hope will never happen, but absolutely must be prepared for if it does.
Final note for “solopreneurs”:
For those of you without employees, this is even more important and obviously a bigger challenge. Unless you’re OK with losing everything you’ve built because of an accident or sudden illness, you need to put together a plan that takes care of your business if and when you can’t.
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