3 business lessons from Santa Clause the original gig worker
- A gig-worker who, despite being on a zero-hour contract, is expected to work longer hours than most people, followed by long periods with no income.
- An entrepreneur who despite running a large manufacturing business successfully for many years is facing stiff competition from manufacturers of cheaper mass-produced plastic goods over traditional handmade goods.
- An elderly worker unable to retire due to the increased cost in living (especially high in Scandinavia), not to mention the lack of a good pension.
- Someone with many business expenses to consider, like providing his own transport and maintaining stock-levels for work; as well as keeping livestock as a business concern.
- As an employed worker, he would be eligible for holiday overtime pay and fuel allowance, but that would mean losing control of his business and decreasing the quality and integrity of his brand.
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Make sure everyone gets sufficient support with their workloadIt doesnt matter how good your team is, if things arent organised efficiently, theyll be overworked and face burn-out. Our recent survey with Censuswide showed 70% of managers in the retail and hospitality industry struggle with unexpected absences in the seasonal period; don’t be one of them – create a weekly plan that suits everyone and stick to it.
Make sure your team has the right tools for the jobIf your people don’t have the tools to organise themselves, arrange meetings and plan ahead, problems are likely to arise. Many businesses have challenging deadlines to meet by year-end, so if you want to avoid problems you need to find the best systems to create your planning strategy.
Add on regular meetings to check in with your peopleArrange regular informal meetings to support employees as they come up against unpredictable challenges. This means your staff stay engaged and problems are identified before they spin out of control. Elliot Glynn is a marketing specialist at?MHR, a provider of HR and payroll software and services __________________________________________________________________________________
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