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We’ve spoken about children at work, and the effects of family illness.
How about critters?
What role (if any) do pets have in business?
I figure there are three schools of thought:
Corporate environments in which the prospect of pets is laughable.
Home / small offices that consider critters de rigueur.
Places in [...]
Disease is visiting my family.
I’ll spare you the details; it’s life and we all must live it.
The question is, do our private lives concern our customers?
Fonnie and I differ on so little, it’s significant when we retain opposing views.
Hers is that family affairs have nothing to do with business.
Mine is that clients appreciate candour [...]
Now hear this!
Speaking of music, do you use it at work?
Or would that fry your brain?
Below are a few case studies.
Let’s see if one calls your tune.
Almost every tradie I’ve seen has a battered boom box blasting brash commercial radio.
The station is always slightly de-tuned so the voicesss orrr gorrrbled and the [...]
Do you have hearth-and-home holidays?
As Easter and Anzac Day coincide, Fonnie’s taking three annual leave days for ten days off in a row.
We both sorely need this break, but we’re not going anywhere.
We’re spending our holiday at home.
How about you?
We’re so knackered from early starts, long days, big projects and weekend work, we need [...]
What’s your best time?
Thanks to MyCarBudget, last week’s discipline debate got me thinking about a kindred topic:
When do you do your best work?
Winston Churchill was notorious for grinding his staff to a paste.
They rocked up for work at the usual time.
He started late, napped in the arvo and went most of the night.
How do you curb your desires?
My tiler returned for an encore performance last week.
In chatting, he asked how I discipline myself to work from home.
My answer came easily enough, but it got me thinking more deeply:
Do we business owners approach self discipline in different ways?
I don’t really like television, apart from docos and [...]
I work alone from my home office. Running your own business is great, but it can make you a bit paranoid.
Last year was tough and, as my only employee, I really carried the can.
When December came, I felt a party was needed to reward effort and boost morale.
I asked for volunteers to form a committee. [...]
Megan brilliantly suggested that my wife describe her experience of my home-based business. Fonnie’s job title at The Feisty Empire is Voice of Reason – a thorny, thankless role that she performs admirably.
Now, while the Voice of Reason was happy to share her thoughts on life at Empire House, she wanted the Senior Writer [...]