August 9, 2023
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Hot off the SMB press this week:
WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?
Listen: In our opinion, we could do some great things together. Like, get your documentation streamlined and onboard your new hires more efficiently than ever. We could give you the time and space to start working on your business instead of in your business.
But we get it — this sounds similar to every other marketing promise you’ve ever heard. And some businesses appreciate show, not tell. We respect that. In fact, we agree — which is why we’ve set up a special conference just to prove that we’re the best fit for your business.
We’re talking about Insider Summit, our annual small business leadership event. We showcase everything Trainual has to offer small businesses like you — from leveraging AI to document business policies and processes for you, to the current and new incoming product features that will help you get five times your money back in Trainual.
Plus, the event is completely digital and absolutely free — and it’s happening August 17 starting at 9 a.m. PDT (12 p.m. EDT). So what are you waiting for? Register now!
P.S. Don’t worry if you can’t make the live event. Register anyway, and we’ll send you recordings of everything you missed!
OH, THE PAIN!
Sorry for the dramatics, but it’s better that you hear it from us first: Growing your small business is gonna hurt. (Bet you saw this coming from a mile away.)
Don’t get us wrong, it’s also exciting and fulfilling! If your goal is to scale your company, then you’re going to experience all the joys that come with reaching each new growth stage: adding more employees to your team, expanding to reach new audiences, hitting higher levels of revenue, and more!
That’s sounding pretty good to me — what’s the catch?
As you grow and scale, you’re going to hit some speed bumps — that can change depending on how large your team gets. These pain points range from limited resources to breakdowns in communication to changes in department structure.
AKA, issues that could seriously hold you back from growing further if they’re not handled the right way.
But there is good news: There are ways to overcome these common pain points. And certain tools can help you set up systems and documentation to make sure your growth path is as smooth as possible (*cough* Trainual *cough*).
What should I look out for if I have less than 10 employees?
Chances are good you have employees who wear multiple hats — and chances are even better that roles overlap so much that they have no clue who owns what. The solution: Have all company roles and responsibilities documented in one place, ensuring all employees have a clear understanding of their tasks. You can even create a role chart that maps it all out on one easy-to-read page.
Or maybe you have unclear processes that lead to unpredictable results. If that’s the case, you’ll need to standardize and document your procedures — helping you produce consistent and scalable outcomes.
Admittedly, I could be less emotional when making work-related decisions.
It can be hard to take your emotions out of the equation when you’re making a decision. After all, you’re not a robot. Your business is like your baby — and each decision you make can be detrimental to the direction of the organization and the hardworking team members who count on you to lead it to success.
But these are all the more reasons it’s important to push those pesky emotions to the wayside when you’re making business decisions — big or small. And science says a great way to achieve this logical path of thinking is illeism.
Referring to yourself in the third rather than first person. For example, if your name is George, you wouldn’t say, “I’m making a decision” — rather, you’d say, “George is making a decision.”
And before you tell us this is silly, take comfort in the fact that we’re not suggesting you do this out loud (though you can if you want to) — it can be all in your head! It’s simply a way to distance yourself from the situation at hand, allowing you to view it from a different perspective and more objectively.
Does it really work?
Yes! Studies have found that people who use illeism to work through their emotions and challenges are less stressed and anxious (both physiologically and mentally). Plus, when used regularly, it can lead to more willingness to consider outside perspectives and make smart compromises. One more bonus: It can even make you more intellectually humble.
Remember the more you practice using illeism when you think, the more easily you’ll be able to take a step back, widen your perspective, and tell your emotions to take a hike — to make better, more objective decisions.
Summer is soon coming to a close — which means you no longer have to answer your employees’ questions about how their PTO works, when they can take a vacation, and what they have to prepare before grabbing their suitcases and hitting the road.
Okay, not really. Your hardworking employees deserve breaks — and that time off isn’t confined to the summer!
Plus, with the Q4 season looming on the horizon, you can expect questions about holidays, personal time off, and more. That is unless you have all that information documented in an all-encompassing policy — one that can answer all your employees’ questions for you while you keep working on your biz unbothered!
👉 We’ve got you covered with our Working Hours, PTO, & Vacation Policy template. Add it to your Trainual account to share everything from expected working hours to the different types of leave your business offers. All it needs is your personal touch and it’s ready to share with your team.
Want more templates to help you build your business playbook? Check out our entire template archive of free, multimedia-enhanced, and customizable policy, process, and role starters. New to Trainual? Try for free.