I had a family emergency late last week, thus no blogging there for a few days.
A lot of companies pay lip service to the importance of morale, I try to live it. I allow employees to flex schedules, I grant work at home when needed, I bring in breakfast on occasion, I always pay for lunch even if it’s out of my own pocket, and sometimes I let the team leave early on Friday. Those are just a few of the little things I do.
While I was out, two of my managers covered my meetings for me. I was able to reschedule my meetings with individual team members for other days, and generally everything ran smoothly. There were a couple of incidents that needed my attention, but being out for an entire day and only having a few things to worry about is a very light load for me.
When I wasn’t able to do my job, my team stepped up right away. Business was conducted as usual. A lot of managers think that the ship sails smoothest when they are there, but if they really are doing a good job it should sail just fine without them there every hour of the day. A highly motivated, capable team that I can entrust to keep things running even when I am not there is what I consider the end goal of team-building.