It’s Good to Get Away, But…

Mar 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I know it’s good to get away from the office for a few days — not answering the phone is a plus for me — but I sometimes wonder if it is worth all of the prep work I need to do before I leave, and then the “stuff” that needs to be addressed (piles of bookwork, paperwork and mail on my desk) when I return.

Because both my husband and I work in our small towing business, I have to make sure there’s enough coverage for the both of us — a tower and a dispatcher. I need to make up a schedule for my drivers for extra coverage for every day and night we are gone, and then make sure it’s okay with each of them. I need to have someone take care of the mail, daily tow tickets, repair orders, money … well … you get the picture.

At home, I have to get the laundry done, clean the house, do the dishes, take out the garbage and have someone come in to feed and water the cats. I know some of you guys are saying, “Why bother cleaning the house before you go?” Yes, I need to do that. I like coming home to a clean house.

The good thing is, even with all of the preparation that needs to be done before and after my husband and I are gone for a few days, it’s still worth it. It doesn’t mean you don’t worry, but if you don’t take some time for yourself, burn-out sets in. And one of the things I learned long ago is: employees want and need bosses to be away as much as we do.