By Katherine Gifford of Moraware
We talk to many shop owners and managers, and unfortunately, it’s more common than not to be totally and utterly burnt out.
Mental exhaustion. Emotionally drained. Never-ending stress.
It’s no way to live, but it’s the norm in our low-margin, high-speed industry. While it’s easier than not to be discouraged and keep your head down, it’s very possible to have an excellent quality of life with a little life-changing strategic thinking.
Why are we so stressed out?
It’s relatively common in the countertop fabrication business to work long hours.
According to researchers, working more than 10 hours in a day, more than 40 hours of overtime in a month, and 60 or more hours in a week leads to stressful feelings.
Certain times of the year, such as leading up to the holidays, are stressful times for everyone.
But often, owners and managers are so burnt out because there are too many bottlenecks in their processes. And here’s where things get hard – when you’re burnt out, how can you keep your team motivated?
Whitney Johnson, the author of Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, says “Your team is picking up on your stress, and it’s making everything worse,”
Understanding your business and its bottlenecks is the first step toward making improvements that’ll give you back some of your time and lift the weight of stress. Your employees will notice the difference.