Being a business owner doesn’t make you immune to the issues that everyone else deals with outside of work. You’re still very much human, even with all of your professional responsibilities and obligations. This means you can easily come down with sickness or suffer an injury. Is your business prepared to continue functioning in your absence?

5 Tips for Running Your Business 

Most business owners experience periods of time where they have to work through an acute illness or injury – such as a virus or twisted ankle – but it’s the more serious conditions that create complications.

Whether it’s a car accident that puts you in the hospital for a month, or a chronic disease that zaps your energy and makes it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings, running a business under these conditions is extremely challenging. Knowing what to do in these times of trouble will help keep your business afloat. Here are a few tips: 

  1. Put Someone in Charge

As soon as you’re able to make a decision, someone within your company should be notified of your situation and given the responsibility to take charge in your absence.

Depending on how much you trust the person you’re putting in charge, you’ll want to be very specific with your instructions. Are you giving this individual the autonomy to make any decision? Or are you simply asking him to tread water until further direction is given? 

  1. Focus on Getting Better

Once you’ve put someone in charge, you need to let go and focus on getting better. You won’t be able to return to work until you recover, so make this your biggest priority.

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If you’ve been involved in a serious accident, the expenses will add up. The last thing you can afford to do is let your medical bills compromise your business. Even if you don’t think you have a case, now is the perfect time to meet with an attorney and explore your options. It’ll put things into perspective and provide the guidance you need. 

  1. Limit Your Exposure to Stress

In your pursuit of recovery from an injury or illness, one of the worst things you can do is expose yourself to a lot of additional stress. Your body is already under a tremendous amount of pressure. Additional work-related stress will only hurt your ability to heal.

While easier said than done, try to limit your exposure to stress. Instead of checking email throughout the day and hopping on conference calls with your team every few hours, stick with regularly scheduled updates. One in the morning and one in the afternoon is a good rule of thumb. This helps you stay in the loop without being bombarded with everything that’s happening on a minute-by-minute basis. 

  1. Use Technology to Ease Back Into Things

It’s 2018, which means you have tons of technology available to you. Make sure you use it to your advantage!

Once you’re in a place where you’re stable and on the mend, start to integrate technology into your daily routine. With a smartphone, project management solution, video conferencing platform, email, and cloud file-sharing resources, you can remotely perform many of the same tasks that you would in the office. 

  1. Be Honest With Your Team
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As the leader of an organization, you want to appear strong. You don’t want your employees to sniff weakness, lest they start to feel inadequate and ill-prepared. But you also don’t want to mislead your stakeholders. Be as honest and upfront as you can and keep your employees on the same page throughout your recovery. This is how you build trust. 

Do You Have a Contingency Plan? 

You never want to wait until you’re in the middle of a serious injury or illness to start thinking about the future of your business. It’s always best to develop a contingency plan in advance, so that your organization never misses a beat. So, before more time passes, take the opportunity to dig your heels in and come up with a plan. Your future self will thank you!

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