The summer slowdown is a concept that virtually every business is familiar with (unless you happen to run a water park). Summer months are when most people choose to take their vacations, the weather gets warmer, and fun, exciting things seem to be happening every place you look – except for the office. Projects tend to stall during the summer and productivity dwindles, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a few tips to help you make the summer more productive at your office:
- Have a second round of spring cleaning: summer edition
In addition to your regular spring cleaning, you can use the summer to do a deeper dive in your cleaning efforts. Rather than dusting off your bookshelves, consider cleaning out your inbox. Take care of those e-mails that have been taunting you down at the bottom of your to-do list for months. Go over your project list and think about things you could do better to start moving things along.
- Invest in you
Summer is one of the best times for attending conferences and seminars. Take a personal or professional development course to improve your leadership skills, or ask your boss to fund a trip to the latest and greatest conference in your subject area. If your task list at work isn’t very long, pick up a few books about your profession or field of work to improve your knowledge and make yourself a more valuable resource for your company. Consider writing an article for a business journal.
The summer is also a great time to conduct a personal review. In tandem with your employee review, which usually happens around the end of the year, you can do your own personal review to assess how well you’re doing in achieving your work and personal goals. Make resolutions to improve your habits. Chances are you’ll be more likely to follow through during the summer months when you have less occupying your time.
- Look for ways to improve workplace culture
The summer can also be a great time to work on culture change throughout your organization. Plan a group outing, a company picnic, or schedule time to assess any deeper issues affecting workplace culture with your team.