The End of Summer and Getting Back into Work Mode
Posted on Sep 09, 2015 by Nicole Yeager
For a lot of companies, summer is definitely not the most productive time of the year. With at least one person out on vacation at a time, people taking three-day weekends and thinking about them all week long, and everyone sluggish from the heat, it’s hard to keep the business running at its max potential. That’s okay, though, everyone needs a break – but now that summer has wound down, it’s time to get back into work mode. Needless to say, that isn’t always easy.
Here are a few things you and your employees can do to hit the ground running on business initiatives this fall and winter.
Maintain the Atmosphere
The one good thing about the summer months in the workplace is that morale is high because spirits are high. If you can maintain the fun atmosphere of summer – but with the full workweeks of winter – it’ll be a lot easier to ease into giving 100%. Make sure that there are still social events and things to look forward to, and your employees will be happier about coming to work.
Do a Sprint
No, we don’t mean high-speed laps around the building – rather, pick a project and try to finish it in a relatively short timeframe. The combination of working hard and achieving a sense of accomplishment will be great for getting everyone back into work mode, and it will also serve as a good teamwork refresher course. Also, the more quickly the project gets finished, the less actual time will be spent in meetings and doing tedious tasks.
Set up a Challenge
What better way to get everyone working their hardest than to give their jobs a bit of a competitive edge? Offer a prize or reward for getting the most sales, doing the most outreach, or just doing something outstanding. It keeps work fun but productive.
Draw up a Roadmap
After getting back from vacation, you might have trouble remembering what you were doing and where you were headed. Sit everyone down, set some goals, and list out the necessary steps to achieve them. Decide what will be worked on during which weeks. Set deadlines. Taking an organized approach works for a lot of people—they like to be able to check things off a list and know what to do next.
Implement a Change
Happy employees are productive employees – everyone knows that. What small change can you make that will excite them? A weekly or monthly work-from-home day? Casual Fridays? Ordering from that great Mexican place once per week? These are all easy things you can do that might improve morale and productivity.