We all work very hard. A strong work habit or “work ethic”, is not inherently bad. However, like just about everything else, too much can be harmful. The “why?” can help keep the work ethic from overtaking your entire life. One of the reasons we work so hard in our business is to provide for our family. As they are now mostly grown and starting families of their own, we have added to the “why?” with daughters in law, sons in law and the arrival of grandchildren. Some might look at this and say the “why?” has increased, therefore the work needs to increase. “ Clean more carpets, respond to more flooded homes, increase the commercial janitorial accounts because we have to provide for more. However, maybe this becomes the point in time that we work smarter. Time to sharpen our focus. Time to really zero in on family, on relationships, on our spouses. “TIME”
In our business we have undergone some big changes in a relatively short time. We no longer are providing some of the services that our company has been providing for over 20 years. We closed our retail store that was in operation since 1998. We moved our business location closer to our home. We accomplished this with a lot of help from external sources. One of our daughters is a successful retail manager in Seattle. She suggested that we focus on fewer service offerings. Our eldest daughter managed our janitorial operation and implemented practices which improved employee productivity and morale. Our sons are involved in the day to day operations and they are actively engaged in marketing our company in the most effective manner. We have a business coach that we meet with weekly . We all feel that our business coach is an investment that pays dividends and helps balance our business lives with our personal lives. We are truly a family owned corporation and our entire family works, or has worked, in our business. We are also blessed with the very best employees.
Our “why?”, more time. Time with family and time with friends. Quality time. Time to listen, time to speak and time to share. With this realignment of our business, a paradox has presented itself. We now are able to spend more time with our clients. This allows us to listen more intently to our clients’ needs and ultimately, put practices and processes in to place, that allow us to provide a superior service, custom tailored to the needs of our clients.
“A wise man leaves an inheritance for his children, and, his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22 Time to get to work!