This summer, it’s understandable if a lot of people are not going away for vacation. It’s just not economically feasible. There are many HVAC and sheet metal contractors who might not be taking a vacation this year, but for a different reason. They are chained to their business.

There are some contractors who don’t feel they have the luxury to get away. They feel if they step away, the business won’t run as efficiently as it should. Work won’t get done, projects won’t be won, employees won’t do their jobs, etc.  It’s time to set that notion aside and work on a plan. That plan involves handing over responsibilities to others in your company.

Find supervisors and managers in your organization that you trust. Let those managers prove that they can be trusted with responsibility. You might be surprised. There are probably several trustworthy individuals that are willing to step up. They may even bring a whole new way of doing things to your day-to-day operations that you never thought of.

There are two reasons why passing on responsibility is important. First, we all need vacations. We all need to get away and recharge. When you stay around your work and your business 24/7, you don’t have time to reflect on how things can be done differently. If you don’t have time to recharge yourself, you won’t be able to recharge your business. Second, for many contractors, owning their own business was a dream. That dream is the dream of freedom. But if you are too scared to leave your company for a few days (or even a few weeks) there really is no freedom.

So try and take a vacation before the summer months wind down. I am. In fact, this will be my last blog entry for a few weeks. I’m hoping when I get back to my desk, I’ll be fueled with new editorial ideas. Hopefully you will do the same.