Being the boss means you have to be able to separate the personal you from the professional you. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions that may not favour your employees. If you created your business from the ground up, you have everything at stake. Your employees, even if they are friends, don’t have the same vested interest. That is why it is important to make your decisions for the success of the company.
Does this sound a little cold-hearted? If you are in this position, you shouldn’t think so. You worked too hard to carve out a space in a competitive market. Don’t let emotions bring your company down.
While I have come to the realization that I can’t expect employees to put in as many hours as I do, I have to keep reminding myself of that. It is a constant process because I have invested a lot in the success of my business. Any employees can walk away and get a job somewhere else. I can’t because this is my baby, as it were.
When you are the boss, it is important for everyone to know the expectations. If you set the ground rules at the beginning, everyone will know where you stand. If you have to make some unpopular decisions, make sure everyone knows why you are doing what you do. They may not like it, but they should understand why.
As long as you follow that path, and keep reminding yourself that you are the boss, the road ahead should be smooth.