Chances are you and your employees are taking some well-deserved time off in the next few weeks. As a business owner or executive, you may find it tough to get away because your thoughts turn back to the business.
To help eliminate added stress so you can enjoy time with your family and friends or sitting on a beach somewhere, here are three quick things to do before you go.
1. Set up autoresponders for your email and voicemail
There’s nothing more frustrating for a customer or client than to reach out because they need something and, instead of getting a response, they get nothing. You can take care of that by setting up email autoresponders (see directions below) and updating your voice mail.
Make sure that in each, you let people know how to get a hold of someone if they need something urgent.
Oh, and leave yourself a note to remove the autoresponder or update your voice mail when you’re back.
How To Set Up Email Autoresponders For:
2. Adjust your hours on your Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business)
Google allows you to set holiday hours specifically for temporary changes, like vacations or holidays.
Since many people rely on Google to give them up-to-date information on businesses, you need to make sure to let Google know when you’ll be closed or have reduced hours. There’s nothing more frustrating for a prospective customer or client than fighting holiday traffic to get across town to a business, only to find that the business didn’t take 30 seconds to update their holiday hours.
Google even sends out email reminders to the account admin, trying to get accurate information. If you’re not sure who the admin is or you just want to be proactive and update your hours now, you can go here and set your holiday hours.
3. Make sure your company data is backed up!
Did you know that more than 250,000 properties a year experience flooding from burst water pipes, most of which happen in the winter months? Coming back to the office to find that your computers are sitting in 6 inches of water (or ice) could really ruin your week. This is just one of many reasons that you need to make sure all your company computers and data are backed up (off-site).
If you’re not sure if your data is backed up (and I mean 100% sure), then we can probably help you with that.
You deserve time off from your business to relax and recharge, and we hope these three tips will help you make the most of that time this holiday season!