Question: Do You Keep in Touch with the Shop While on Vacation?
We asked, the Brain Squad answered.
- It is important to me that the people in the shop have what they need and know that they can contact me with any issues with a project. It is an important part of being a team. It is also important that our clients receive projects on time and completed. — Stephen Russ, Ortwein Sign Co., Chattanooga, Tn
- I usually stay nearby and always have direct contact with the shop manager to help get through any “sign emergencies” that may come up. This being said, my wife and I are finally going to take a two-week vacation and are going to request the staff not use us as a crutch as we are burnt out and need some time away from sign business. — Chad Lawson, Sign Pro of Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Wa
- I think it is important that my management team knows I’m available for them at any time. They push to keep me out of the loop, but know I’m here for them. — Bob Chapa, Signarama Troy-Metro Detroit, Troy, Mi
- I like to check in from time to time, making sure I’m not coming home to any disasters. — Tim Schoch, National Sign Corp., Seattle
- It’s a small shop and as the owner I need to make sure everything is running smooth when I’m away. Five minutes a day isn’t much to lose from a vacation. — Robert Burke, Burke Enterprise, Oakdale, Ct
- Curiosity. — Mike Crosley, Northeastern Sign Corp., South Colton, NY
- Control freak 🙁 . — Joe Gibson, Ramsay Signs, Portland, OR
- If I’m on vacation, not only do I turn my work email off, I actually remove the app from my phone altogether. What’s the point of working hard if you can’t enjoy it? — Christopher Meinsen, Perspective1, Tampa, FL
- Work alone. [It’s] my time to get lost. — Frank Sarra, Sarra Signs, Candia, NH
What’s the Brain Squad?
If you’re the owner or top manager of a signage and graphics company in the US or Canada, you’re invited to join the Signs of the Times Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute survey each month, you will receive access to some of the industry’s freshest data on sales — including your fellow members’ comments on what’s selling and what isn’t — and can make your voice heard on key issues affecting the sign industry. Sound good? Sign up here.
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