When you own your own business you understand where the saying “chief cook & bottle washer” comes from. You are responsible for everything. Whether it’s replacing the AC or heading to your office on a Saturday morning because somebody forgot their key. Those roles can take away from the things that provide an ROI or simply stuff you enjoy. It’s important to keep in mind everything you do… big or small… is the glue that keeps your customers happy, provides a great place to work to retain quality employees as well as provide a return on your investment. Everything you do is critical to many people so don’t think something is too little. Your efforts touch the happiness (or not) and the success (or not) of people not just processes.
I attended a seminar hosted by Disney. It was very insightful and demonstrated how Disney focuses on the “Guest” experience as well as employee workplace in everything they do. One session spoke about how every job is important. An example was given that one day a Cast Member was walking around Disney World picking up litter. A guest asked for him to take a picture of their family. He gladly did and went on doing his job. Soon after, Disney received a heartfelt note from the family. It seems a member of the family had passed away shortly after their trip to Disney World. They realized the picture taken by the Cast Member was actually the last picture they have of their family together.
As an employee of your company don’t forget you touch so many people’s lives. I can assure that you don’t know many of the times you said or did something that touched somebody in a positive way. People just don’t always drop a note saying so.