Making decisions is often a more complicated process than we give it credit. It is not always a matter of what is right or wrong, that would be a lot easier. Most of the time it is shades of gray. It is easy to make a decision when it is popular and everyone is cheering you on, but what about when your decision is not popular? When it makes those around you well if not angry, at least not happy? Does that make it the wrong decision?
It could fully be the best decision, but maybe it affects them in some adverse way. Maybe it means a little more work, or they have to get things put in quicker, but it doesn’t always mean it is the wrong decision. In my business, I have found myself at one time being forced to lay people off, because financially well we were in trouble. It was the best decision for the business, but not necessarily for those individuals. Though I will tell you that the staff left was able to perform their functions just as well without them as with them. So it actually revealed more to me about those that were no longer with the company.
Earlier this year, I had to forego a paycheck personally to keep my office running and make sure that my employees get paid. Terrible decision personally, professionally well we are still going. And doing ok. Unfortunately for them it makes me a little less sympathetic when I don’t think that they are doing the job, I would like them to do. Something about working for free does that. And yet at the end of that time, I find that I have found better solutions for somethings, and have identified areas that don’t work
Decisions in business, while we like to pretend that they are not personal, well they always have a personal effect on the person they are done to. It is not like we live in a vacuum. Losing a job due to downsizing is terribly personal to the person that is no longer employed, even if it had nothing to do with their performance. But sometimes like all tough decisions, cuts have to be made, and unfortunately in many places payroll is both the most expensive of the overhead, and the easiest to cut.
The key to being successful overall is running a business with the most efficient and lowest amount of overhead possible. this means making sure you have the staff you need, but not too many that someone is allowed to slack or you start running into one another. This is something I have yet to master but I strive for. And hopefully someday I will acheive