As a business owner, you don’t have some of the luxuries that employees have. When you get sick or hurt, you can’t just step away and use some vacation time or sick days. After all, the business is counting on you. The question is, can you manage your business while recovering from a health problem?
It doesn’t matter if you’ve always been healthy or have a history of chronic health issues, anyone can find themselves in a health crisis. Whether it’s a sudden injury or a slow-developing disease, business owners are human and can be plagued by debilitating health problems just like the rest of the population. If you find yourself injured or sick, here are some tips for keeping your business moving in the right direction.
- Take Care of Yourself
The most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. If you don’t attend to your own health needs, nothing else matters.
Let’s say, for example, that you’ve been in a car accident. While the natural reaction for most ambitious business owners would be to suck it up and get back to work, this sort of response is dangerous and inappropriate. The correct response would be to seek immediate medical attention, gather the details of the situation, and work closely with your insurance provider and attorney to figure out the best plan of action. A failure to do so could leave you with hefty medical bills, which would compromise the integrity of your business (not to mention your personal life).
- Find a Capable Person
Once you have your own personal issues taken care of, you can turn your focus towards the business. Assuming that you can’t physically return to the office yet, you’ll need to find a capable person to take over for you for the time being.
While it’s often hard to delegate important aspects of your business, you don’t really have much of a choice right now. Either you delegate and deal with the small problems that will inevitably arise, or you fail to delegate and watch the business crumble.
- Prioritize Communication
Communication is paramount regardless of the circumstances, but your physical health problems make it even more important. Not only do you need to be upfront with your employees about what’s going on, but you need to provide reassurance that everything is going to be okay.
If you can’t be physically present, make sure you’re utilizing some communication tools and applications to stay in touch. A resource like Slack is great because it lets you rally your team without expending too much energy.
- Set Some Goals
Entrepreneurs and business owners, by and large, tend to be goal-driven individuals. While you might not know what the future holds as you recover, setting small goals and checkpoints will help you have something to reach for.
- Understand That Things Will be Different
While an isolated injury or illness might not be a big deal in the long-term, a chronic disease or debilitating injury will affect you for years to come. Understand that things will be different and work with your new situation, as opposed to rubbing against it.
Don’t Make Rash Decisions
When in crisis mode, the natural human reaction is to make a rash decision in order to hopefully find a way out. The problem is that rash decisions typically compound the underlying issue, rather than make it better. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re sick or injured, avoid the temptation to overreact.
Take your time and make poised, calculated choices that set your business up for long-term success.