I visited Chic Fil A on my workation on two occasions, and am always impressed with the level of service they provide on each experience.
They are on of two national businesses (Hobby Lobby being the other) that I am aware of that make it a well known fact that they close on Sundays so their employees can either spend time with their family on a set day each week.
I’ve always been amazed that companies are open seven days a week in this economy (and even when the economy is flourishing). It seems to make more sense to me to have a 5 or 6 day operational week (even if it means closing on a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday to capitalize on the perceived Sunday business).
The common answer I receive is that “if we close on (insert day here), we will lose business to someone else”. My thought and belief is if you really have a business that is going to suffer because you are closed one day a week, perhaps you aren’t in the right business or aren’t doing business the right way.
Are there things you can do for your business to improve balance issues for your staff? Share some of the best practices of your company in keeping your employees personal lives balanced with their professional lives.
When I queried some of my colleagues, they shared with me some of the things their workplace does in lieu of closing on Sunday
– an office in Florida gives employees every other Friday off and has them work longer days Monday through Thursday
– businesses in Saratoga Springs close Mondays and Tuesdays (and sometimes Wednesdays) during the winter months
– many personal care businesses like hairdressers close Mondays and Wednesdays.