“I hate roller coasters” I said firmly.
“but didn’t you just say you’d been on the Big One in Blackpool and the one at Disney in Paris that blasts Aerosmith at serious volume at you as you go along?”
“Um, yeah, I did actually”.
An actual conversation I had with someone just this week.
A bit contradictory I know. But I really don’t enjoy roller coasters. They make me feel queasy and when I get on one, I can’t wait to get off it again.
You could ask why I get on them in the first place. And it would be a great question. Why do something you really don’t like doing?
I guess it’s because it’s still a huge rush to experience the highs and lows rather than the constant flat feeling of no excitement at all.
Why am I telling you this?
Because running a business with employees is a lot like being on a constant roller coaster.
Some days will be like the flat bit at the start, the bit that lulls you into a false sense of security.
But some days will just be constant ups and downs – the kind of days that make you feel queasy and ready to get off the roller coaster of your own business.
The days when someone calls in sick and throws the work schedule into chaos; the days when you’re interviewing and the candidate has done all the research and says just how great they think your company is and the days when everyone got out of the wrong side of their respective beds and they’re just a nightmare to deal with.
Worse still is feeling that you’re on that rollercoaster all alone. No one there to scream along with you and no one there to steady you when you eventually get off.
Running a business is hard work. But it can still feel like a ride on the Duplo Dino Coaster at Legoland (hint – it’s a kids roller coaster and it’s not exactly thrilling. Even my four year old was bored) compared to running a business with staff. That’s like Stealth at Thorpe Park or actually, The Big One in Blackpool.
You’ll be delighted to know though that as I’ve been on the Big One, I’m somewhat of an expert (she says modestly).
So when you need a roller coaster buddy, I’m here. I’ll laugh with you, listen to you scream and most importantly, steady you when you need steadying.
After all, what are HR Consultants for if it’s not for riding that roller coaster by your side? With that in mind, if you’d like a hand managing the ups and downs in your business, contact us.
Life is a rollercoaster!