It is fantastic to prepare for the fact that no matter how we balance home and work, eventually, family comes to work.
No matter what kind of work we do, from Fortune 500 CEO to Mary Kay salesperson, a day will come when your family will have to come in contact with your workplace. Most often your family interacts with your job by telephone. But, every once in a while, the family must come to your job in person. When it is time for your family to come to your job, do not wing it. Have a plan and make sure everyone obeys the rules of engagement. There are a few things you can tell your family in order to make sure that your job or business remain in tact after the family visit.
There are five tips to share with your family before they come to your business or place of employment:
1. Eating – make sure that your family does not take more food than the average person. Everyone should use their “good” table manners. This means chewing with mouths closed, not over stuffing one’s mouth with food and not sneaking biscuits into pockets and purses.
2. Drinking – it should go without saying, but I will say it, do not allow your family members to drink to excess at your place of employment. It will damage your reputation as an employee or as an employer to be known as a person with a drunk family member.
3. Smoking – this is a habit that is increasingly seen as a public menace. It is important that you let your family members know where smoking is and is not permitted at your work place. If your workplace is a non-smoking one, tell your family members who smoke that they must take their activity outside and away from the workplace.
4. Personal Relationships – advise your family members to keep their personal lives out of your workplace. This means if they have problems or bad history with anyone at the workplace, those issues should be discussed outside of the workplace. Whenever possible, advise your family members not to hit on or sleep with people at your workplace. These activities will lead to problems that are best avoided.
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It is terrific to know that no matter what tragedy is occurring right now, there is a next on the way.
A basic fact of life is that no matter how bad the tragedy, no matter how many tears we shed, there is always a next. The next is where hope abides. The next is what we figure out when we tell our kids that a bad thing has happened but we will go on, there will still be Elmo and Sponge Bob. The next is what happens when we tell our employees to take the rest of the day off to be with their families and come back to work tomorrow morning. The next is when we have dinner ready when our husbands come home and convince them, that things will be ok at home while they are away. When tragedies happen, we all come together, families, friends and even strangers huddle together for protection, comfort, and understanding. We cling to hope and pray for understanding. Then comes the next.
As we sit and try to figure out what happened with any particular tragedy, as we seek to understand the who, what, when, where, why and the how, it is important for us to hold on to the knowledge that the next is coming. We cannot change the bad thing that happened. In truth, we may not be able to prevent similar tragedies from taking place in the future. What we can do is be assured that next is coming. The next is important because in the next we have power, we have control, we have hope and we have possibilities. In the next, we can reach out and do kind things for the families of those who died in the tragedy. In the next, we can look for ways to be of service to the survivors. In the next, we can look for ways to comfort those around us who were not directly affected or involved but are hurting. The tragedy has happened, now comes, the next.
The next thing, the next step, the next action to take varies from person to person. There is no definitive thing to do next. Undoubtedly, we will all be doing something next. Some will ignore the events and pretend they never happened. Some will look for ways to be of service to the survivors. Some will try to figure out the whys and the hows. One thing we will all do is whatever is next. Because like it or not, deny it or not, want it or not, the next is coming. In conclusion, it is terrific to know that we do not stay in tragedy forever, the next arrives. Just like the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the next is coming. So, the question for you this terrific day is, now that we have experienced this tragedy, what is your next?
It is thrilling to have a business that is self-sufficient and self-supporting,
It is thrilling to have a business that is self-sufficient and self-supporting. To get your business that way, pay attention to the details. When most entrepreneurs dream of owning a business, they dream about having a business that at a minimum, provides sufficient income to support itself. The dream is that the business will provide sufficient income so the entrepreneur does not have to work for another business. A business does not become self-sufficient and self-supporting by accident. If you want your business to be self-sufficient and provide you with support, you must learn to pay attention to the details.
When a business is new, it is common for the business not to be self-supporting.
When a business is new, it is common for the entrepreneur to contribute equipment and cash to the business on a regular basis. Many entrepreneurs work a job in addition to running their businesses in the early years because the business is not self-supporting. As the business matures and grows more successful, it becomes self-supporting and instead of the entrepreneur putting money into the business, the business is able to give the entrepreneur money. One important step in moving from a new business in need of cash infusions on a regular basis to mature a mature business that is able to support an entrepreneur, paying attention to the details.
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