A few weeks ago, I enlisted a new policy at work:
We work four 10-hour shifts Monday through Thursday, so
WE ARE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS.
This is an official agency policy, and I would shout it from the rooftops if I could so that everyone who ever works with us knows about it.
This schedule is beneficial on so many levels.
+3 day weekends every weekend.
+Getting to go on mini trips, like MTB trips to Canada or backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness!
+Boosts employee morale.
+ Gives creativity a chance to rest and reset. (this is a huge one.)
+If I secretly work on Fridays, I don't get interrupted by anything, and I get a ton done.
+Dentists, Doctors, Haircuts, Banking, personal appointments etc. -- these things can now happen on Fridays, and employees don't have to try to cram these things into their lunch breaks. (And Friday is free cookie day at the bank.)
+No employees in the office= one day less of utilities costs!
+Skiing during the week instead of the weekend? Yes please.
+Some of our crew has kids. They get to spend a whole day with their kids without paying for daycare.
+We get to work earlier during the week, so we get a lot done before the phones even start ringing.
I could go on, but I won't because it's the weekend now.
Happy Friday on a Thursday, and we'll see you on Monday!
It has been a long time since I've written a business/lifestyle blog post. It has been a long few months. My manfriend broke both his wrists while downhill mountain biking, so that has been quite the challenge, and business has been more difficult than usual. After the wrists were mostly healed and the man could put a shirt on by himself, I decided to go on a bit of an entrepreneurial soul-searching, dirtbag journey.
You see, I have a belief that any type of marketing that feels like a sales pitch is gross. Ew.
So every now and then, I need to go make sure that at Wheelie what we say, do, and (most importantly) what we stand for align. That we are still relevant, or better yet, progressive, and that we are still "in touch" with the industry.
The thing is, if you're going to be in touch with the outdoor industry, you have to go touch it.
Does that sound weird?
I'm okay with that.
So I rolled up my sleeves, packed a suitcase, and loaded the truck because I had a lot of metaphorical touching to do. I also believe that as an agency owner, curiosity is my best friend, and this is a big world with a lot to explore.
Owning a business is a massive amount of work. Here's how I keep it fun by balancing owning Wheelie with my passion for adventure. -Lisa