With the festive season upon us, it is a time many businesses either thrive or struggle to stay alive. Life is full of highs and lows, successes and struggles, wins and losses. Business experiences the rollercoaster to the same degree as relationships. When you’re riding high, hitting sales KPI’s and in alignment with goals it has an overflow effect on other areas of life, maintaining harmony within your relationships seems effortless.
In every area of life, we become accustomed to hurdles. But for many small to medium businesses who deal with seasonal fluctuations in turnover, the added stress not only affects your business and the way you manage it, it also impacts personal relationships.
For a seasonal business who is in high demand and relies on most of their income during a peak season the physical input and emotional output required to manage busy periods can cause friction at home. The additional hours required to manage fluctuations naturally takes time away from your partner and family who struggle to understand the underlying pressures and many small-business owners don’t stop to even fully understand where their emotional set point is let alone communicating effectively with their partner.
On the flip side when the peak has finished and times are tight it also creates stress trying to find new ways to maintain revenue flowing, keeping yourself busy, energised and motivated as well as dealing with staff productivity. Often the downtimes can be more stressful to the business owner which exasperates the disconnection in a relationship.
Louanne Ward, Relationship Strategist, Writer and Motivational Speaker