Frank McCabe is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at The Beacon Group, a Massachusetts-based construction, logistics and facility services firm.
Summer time at the office – often a slow and less than energetic atmosphere. Every week, another colleague or employee is off on vacation. So are your customers. Prospects find new and interesting reasons to blow you off. Everyone is even more conscious of the clock as they look to get out of dodge as early as possible to enjoy the daylight. No surprise to anyone and it is simply human nature.
With that said, summer can be a great time to take charge of the aspects of your work life that always find their way to the back burner when business is booming. The next time you find yourself surfing the web because your boss is white water rafting in Colorado or your top performer is taking the 6th Friday in a row off, be productive with the down time.
A few ideas….
The web offers a million different (and oftentimes FREE) on-line classes in every discipline. Brush up on new social media tools. Take that advanced MS Office class you have been meaning to do. For you brave souls, you could even investigate how you might get that advanced degree that has hindered your professional progress and advancement.
- Mundane Meetings
When times are busy, we are all pros at blowing off certain meetings that just are not important to us at that time. Summer slow down is a perfect time to get these behind you.
- No small fish!
Visit with your smaller clients – make them feel as important as the ‘whales.’ (BTW – you should be doing this all the time, but I understand!)
- FREE Lunch!
Take someone on your team to lunch. Whether it is your ‘rain maker’ or simply the guy or gal that needs a little pick me up. These gestures are always appreciated and give that extra motivation – especially when the temptation to duck out a little early is at its highest.
- Clean up!
When all else fails; clean up! Clean up your office, your cube, your desk. Clean up your PC – you know you have files saved all over the place despite your contention that it all has “a system.” Yes, this is a boring and menial task, yet we all feel better when things are in order (don’t worry, it won’t last long!)
None of these ideas are the fun undertakings we dream about when we think about the passing of summer, but they are nonetheless important…and will make the time pass before your next vacation!