I headed off to Japan recently for a 1 week holiday with the family. Being at the end of the financial year wasn’t great timing for me to be leaving the business but I couldn’t do much with the dates.
It was 2 days before I was about to leave and was in a meeting with KG about the business workflow and after 30 minutes of going over the enormity of the workload, the conversation then turned to me asking what I could do, to make my absence as easy as possible for her. I was then surprised (but not really by KG’s response).
“Why don’t you try that hiatus thing?”
Firstly, for those of you playing at home, the ‘hiatus thing’ was an idea that I floated about taking 6-8 weeks away from the business entirely for both mine and possibly the business’ sake. This was put on hold as the team changed and the business grew.
Secondly, KG is in the thick of it at this point. She has a workload of about 150% of her capacity with no end in the short term.
So, this, even to be suggested as a token (which I don’t think it was) was a really shining moment for me in my business. To have a team member, prepared to take on additional work when her desk is already overflowing, so that you can enjoy a holiday just said so much about KG as a person.
This was a massive offer. A little pot of gold for me that was so tempting to take but I responded with a “Thanks KG, but I don’t want you to burn out’.
The plan was for me to check emails and Voxers every morning and night which, the little control freak in me felt a lot more comfortable with.
How did the week go? Well, I did check emails and Voxers. I literally had 1 from KG the entire week. ONE!Only one question that she couldn’t have answered herself.
On my return, I found out that she was also sick.
Reflecting on this, I could only feel gratitude. To have someone so devoted to you and your business baby was so heart warming and honestly, I think the business ran better without me so bring on the long hiatus!