Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky Rieva Lesonsky is a Columnist for Small Business Trends covering employment, retail trends and women in business. She is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow her on Google+ and visit her blog, SmallBizDaily, to get the scoop on business trends and free TrendCast reports.

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  1. All great tips. Thanks. It’s probably harder for some small business owners to take time off sick if they feel the business relies on them to a large extent. The smaller the business, the more likely that feeling might be, I think.

    But, yes, taking that time off is important; not paying attention to your body might mean you end up taking more time off sick than you would like, because you didn’t listen to your body in the first place.

    • Aira Bongco

      While taking a time off may sound ideal, you’re right when you say that this is not really an option for some businesses. Especially for us that is short of people. We just cannot afford having some people taking some time off.

      • …which is why it’s probably more essential, paramount, to keep sickness at bay as much as possible in a business that size where taking time off could have that impact. Maybe a health-and-wellness budget of some sort would be useful. And also employing a part-time flexi person (a floater) for when someone has to take time off sick, because it’s inevitable that sickness will happen.

  2. Aira Bongco

    And avoid smoking or prohibit smoking in the area and then give them a flu vaccine. This will help them avoid the flu all season.

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