Vail Daily column: Do flexible schedules work for your business?
Business, Bogeys and Bragging Rights: That is the name of the golf tournament that occurred back on Aug. 21. The event was hosted jointly by the Vail Recreation District and Vail Chamber & Business Association. The proceeds benefit the Tom Slaughter Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant. To quote many people in the valley, “There is something to fun to do just about every day.” This was an extremely fun event and has raised over $10,000 for the Tom Slaughter grant. The fund directly helps local area youth participate in VRD programs that they might not be able to afford.
Use of Mulligans
There were raffle tickets that you needed to buy to use Mulligans. For non-golfers that is the ability to take another shot if your first shot was terrible. You got as many Mulligans equal to the number of raffle tickets you purchased. By the number of very low team scores there were, I am sure a great number of Mulligans were purchased. The raffle tickets, however, also put you in the drawing for donated items. I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to the Dillon Brewery.
There were 23 teams — 92 golfers — all having a great time enjoying themselves with some donated beer from Bonfire Brewery and Crazy Mountain Brewery, great chili from La Tour, pumpkin cupcakes from Mountain Cupcakes and food after the event from Grill on the Gore. However, the most fun was had by Tom Allender. He had a hole-in-one on hole No. 7. As is customary, you buy drinks for everyone. He put down $300 on the bar to do just that. It was a great way to celebrate our community, a busy and successful summer, as well as the last days of the golf course clubhouse as it currently stands.
Flexibility within a business
I wonder if all of us that participated in the event were using at least a little flexibility at work! What is flexibility at work, you ask? It means you are not at work during the typical 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday that has been the standard in so many industries for so long. A hundred years ago, people worked from dawn to dusk or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or a swing shift. Fifty years ago, people worked the same. Twenty-five years ago, modern technology/computers/credit cards arrived and the working time frames changed. The new thinking for both employees and employers is flexibility. Employees desire flexibility, but do not always get it. Employers are put in the same situation — how to combine flexibility for employees and still keep the business performing properly. Think about small businesses (auto repair shop, hair salon, liquor store) with only one to three employees. Is it logical to be flexible and be open for business from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.? No. Is it logical to just close the business for a certain amount of time in order to be flexible for one’s lifestyle? Not sure. It could cause your customer base to become unhappy and decide to search for another alternative.
Everyone wants Flexibility
I understand there are many larger businesses that flexibility does not harm the functioning of the business. Many businesses can be operated remotely via modern technology that did not exist 40-50 years ago. What is occurring more and more is that employees want flexibility, therefore, are seeking employers that have adapted to model in their workforce. In the past, flexibility was once sought after solely by mothers. It has evolved into being desired by many more people in all work environments. Employers, how do you see flexibility working in your business? Employees, does flexibility exist where you work?
So, my conclusion is that every one of us that enjoyed the wonderful golf event Business, Bogeys and Bragging Rights benefit for Tom Slaughter had great flexibility that day. We didn’t have to work that afternoon, had fun and enjoyed the event with friends. We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s tournament in the new clubhouse!
Michael Staughton is the co-owner of Los Amigos and Russell’s, both located in Vail Village. He is a Vail Chamber & Business Association board member. Stay involved and stay informed. If you are not already receiving the Vail Chamber weekly newsletter, then email us @vailchamber.org to start receiving it. If you are interested in finding out about the VCBA and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, then call 970-477-0075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top level of the Vail Transportation Center, so stop by and say “hello.”