Shutting Up Shop?

It’s my favourite time of year.

Nope, not Christmas.

Football season.

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time then you’ll know that I’m a huge footie fan and an avid Aston Villa supporter.

I’ve got a season ticket. I go to as many games as I can.

So as everyone gets excited about Christmas, I’m getting excited about the festive football fixtures.

But as I was planning the coming month, putting all the games in my calendar, I noticed just how hectic this season must be for the players.

My own team have 4 games between 21st December and 1st January which is pretty hectic for the Christmas period.

But Liverpool’s schedule is even crazier, with 10 games throughout the next month alone!

This got me thinking, as we’re settling in for some relaxing downtime, these guys are leaving their families and travelling far and wide for the games.

They don’t get to chill out, pop a Christmas jumper on and crack open a bottle of sherry.

Now, I’m not feeling too sorry for them really, after all, we all know just how well they are paid, but it did get me thinking about our plans for the Christmas season.

I’d love to shut up shop and send all the staff home to enjoy a two week Christmas shut down like so many other businesses do.

But we work in freight.

The industry that never sleeps.

So instead we’ll go down to a skeleton staff and work out a fair schedule that gives everyone some decent time off without leaving the business unattended.

When the new year hits we’ll be fresh as daisies and ready to make 2020 our best year yet.

I’d love to hear how you handle the Christmas break in your business? Are you shutting up shop for an extended break? Or will you keep the doors open for business?