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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Under the Weather

On the Mend
 (Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker/CC)
Over the last few weeks, I have been fighting a battle with the flu that led me to pneumonia. Not a pretty picture. Reflecting during my recovery, a few thoughts came to mind.

It may seem like I am about to give a lecture on immunization. I'm not. W.L. May is an appliance parts company. We are professionals at appliances and their parts, but when it comes to medical advice, I will leave that up to the professionals in the medical community.

Being off the job for any length of time is always challenging. It becomes more so when you really have no notice.

I have long been an advocate of periodic down town to charge your batteries and keep your enthusiasm levels high. Generally, that means vacations. Vacations can be quite do-able with some preparation.

Similarly, if you were to be taken down for a few weeks due to illness, good preparation can help minimize the impact. In a perfect world, you might have co-workers that can step up and take up the slack.

If you are a "one man show" you may have to be a little more creative. This is where having a bit of a savings account can be helpful. A common recommendation is to have 3-6 months worth of wages in savings to account for "rainy days". By now, a lot of you may be rolling your eyes thinking that just paying the bills doesn't leave room for saving.

I understand. A dollar just doesn't stretch as far as it used to, Remember that bit about co workers taking up the slack? Maybe there is another servicer in your area that would be willing to give a hand. Consider cultivating relationships like that when you are healthy.

How do you handle unexpected absences? As a guy who has always been a worker bee and not a business owner, I can only comment on what I see others doing. What do you do? We'd love it if you shared your ideas in the comments.

One last thing, while you are healthy take a moment. Give your loved ones a hug let them know how important they are to you.

Stay healthy, we are all in this together.

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