Nobody is suggesting Ebeneezer Scrooge is a business role-model. But the reality for many SMEs and entrepreneurs is that the Christmas holiday season requires a juggling act between relaxation and ensuring that results stay on track. Switching off completely is rarely an option.
Happily, there are quick-win solutions that can help to maintain peace and harmony on the home front whilst ensuring that everything is in place business-wise to begin 2016 with a bang.
A flexible Christmas
One such solution is flexible workspace. Working from home is convenient but, too often, the working day is interrupted by the general rhythm of family life. At Christmas, things are likely to be many times busier, and disappearing to do a few hours work will be next to impossible.
Here, flexible workspace can provide an answer. Professional workspace can be hired by the hour, and hundreds of locations across the UK mean that workers can be at a desk and plugged in in no time at all. Everything is supplied from fast phone and web connections to refreshments – meaning minds can be concentrated on the tasks at hand.
It’s far better to focus for an hour or two in a professional and productive environment than to attempt to work from home where the distractions and temptations of the season mean a one hour task might take several more to actually fulfil.
And a prosperous new year
Having sampled flexible working over the festive period, the chances are that many will continue to operate in this way from the New Year onwards. Whereas working from home can lead to feelings of isolation, flexible workspace often means sharing an environment with like-minded professionals, creating a vibrant and creative atmosphere. Who knows, working from such a space might mean that your next customer is sitting opposite you.
Putting in a few hours work over the Christmas period is an inevitable consequence for successful business owners and professionals. The trick is to work in way that gets the job done to your usual exacting standards whilst leaving as much time as possible for over-indulgence and festive fun.
Richard Morris is CEO Evans Easyspace.