It’s essential that business owners feel confident when stepping out, whether that be for a day, a week, or even a month. And at some point, eventually, it will have to happen. You might be in business meetings all day or away with vendors. Your absence might be due to having a sick child, or maybe you just need some well-deserved time off. Regardless of the cause, the last thing you want is to worry about whether things are falling apart in the office if you’re not there.

To guarantee that things run smoothly, follow the tips below.

1.) Provide direction and expectations for when you are gone
Have a plan in motion. Set clear expectations of what you expect from your staff during your absence. Include how long you’ll be away, as well as how they can contact you if they need to.

2.) Delegate tasks to ensure work is gets completed
Who will be in charge of stepping up and ensuring work is getting done? Ensure you’ve covered all the areas, including any regular tasks you are responsible for, and hand them off to the employees you feel are most competent in handling them. Leave behind what work is optional at the moment for when your return.

3.) Have virtual check in’s regularly with staff
Scheduling regular check-ins by virtual means is a great way to ease your worry. And can be done from anywhere, from your home to sitting by the beach halfway across the world. Checking in will also ensure your employees stay in line and leave them accountable.

4.) Build a team of people with whom you trust
Compiling a team you trust is extremely important, if not the most important. Just as employees should find trust in their employers, you need to know that the feelings are reciprocated. Trust leads to mutual respect, and you should take comfort in knowing the people running the show while your gone have that same respect.

Remember, it’s okay to admit we all need a break now and again. If you keep these suggestions in mind, you’ll feel more confident knowing the office will do just fine in your absence. And hopefully, leave you feeling less anxious!



Article by
Ava Collins
Content Writer and Researcher

Student award winner Ava Collins