Have you noticed it being a little quiet in the office lately? For so many industries, it can get quiet as we’re well into summer. It’s the time of the year when a lot of people take the opportunity of the nice summer weather and get away.
This is a perfect time to recharge your batteries, and a time for reflection and relaxation. Get out in the fresh air, enjoy some recreation, read a few books, BBQ with some friends, and just relax in general. And if you’re in the office this week, this is also a great time to recharge your batteries in the office setting, maybe even take a business associate out for a patio lunch to reacquaint yourselves now that a free moment has presented itself.
In some ways this time of year is similar to the winter holidays when business can slow down at the office. Taking advantage of these quieter times of year can really have some upsides. Now is the time to concentrate on some unfinished projects, spend some time writing down your goals, or catch up on your business reading.
Whatever your situation, make the most of this quiet time. Make every moment count. Next thing you know, things will get busier, so now is the time to recharge.
The choices we make regarding our daily routines can define our state of mind and focus for the rest of the day. Why not get a jump-start on our day by focusing on daily rituals that will provide us with balance, improved health, focus and self-discipline.
Do you sometimes find yourself with nothing to do at work? Summer is here, and depending on your industry, things can slow down at the office. Here are some tips on how you can use that quiet time at the office more effectively:
Does your company need a specific culture shift to get the team moving in the right direction? This is when the team will become motivated again, become deeply engaged and produce excellent results for your customers.
Think about what you can do as an employer to manage the most important asset in your organization – your employees.
Do you wake up in the morning and want to go to work? Are your employees feeling the same energy and drive as you do? Are they engaged? Does your staff feel valued and know that their contributions have meaning towards the company’s main goal?
Be aware of employee engagement. And be aware of it all the time, not just at review time. We hope these thoughtful quotes make you stop and think about the current corporate culture status in your organization. Is everybody engaged?
“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek
“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” –Ken Blanchard
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” –Anne Mulcahy
When work is meaningful, good things happen. The wheels of enterprise move in a kind of synchronized motion and teams are truly happier. Engagement? – check. Great corporate culture? – check. What better place to spend half of your daily life but in a workplace where you actually feel happy and enjoy the company of others feeling the same.
It is Bike to Work Week in many North American cities including Vancouver during the week of May 30-June 5.
Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also enjoy some of the Celebration Stations during the week. For a map and more details of locations of the stations in Vancouver go to HUB’s Bike to Work Week website. Enjoy free treats, free basic bike repairs, maps, prize draws and more.
In recent years, workplaces have accommodated their employees with biking to work with access to a secure bike rooms, showers, etc. Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.
5 Reasons to Sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week – May 30 – June 5, 2016
1. You’ll Feel Great – Get healthier without even noticing it!
2. The Prizes. With over $20,000 in prizes, including a trip for 2 to Amsterdam and 5 new bikes, why wouldn’t you sign up?
3. Get Places Faster. Don’t believe it? Try it out.
4. Save Cash. Don’t you want extra money to spend on things other than transportation?
5. It’s More Fun. Try it and you’ll agree! Plus there’ll be free food, snacks, coffee and bike repairs at over 60 Celebration Stations throughout the week.
Does it have to be just one thing? Can we give ourselves permission to change career paths multiple times? Sit back and enjoy this TED Talk by career coach Emilie Wapnick, who, herself has tried multiple careers.
“It is rarely a waste of time to pursue something you’re drawn to,even if you end up quitting.You might apply that knowledge in a different field entirely,in a way that you couldn’t have anticipated.” ~ Emilie Wapnick
I recently had a conversation with an office manager who really seemed to be struggling with the “Glass-half-empty” syndrome. I know that we all can struggle with this from time-to-time, but this manager really had a bad case of it.
He had been working hard with his staff over the past couple of years and felt that no matter what management strategies he tried he still could not produce the “Super Team” he wanted.
I asked him to tell me what successes they accomplished last year as a team. He began to tell me that they did finish a much-needed protocol manual, which took much longer to do than he expected. They also achieved making a Facebook page for their company and to date have 156 followers, yet he thought they could have accomplished more.
And finally, they had reached their monthly financial goals 3 months out of the year. This was good, but not great since they had never reached them before.
When he finished, I told him that he and his team had accomplished a lot to be proud of this past year and if he continued to focus on what they did not do he would pass his negative feeling along to his team and then good luck in trying to motivate them to be successful this year.
His hard work with his team had paid off. He was just missing it because he was looking at the wrong thing.
He was leading them down the right road, it was just a little bumpier than he expected. I encouraged him to keep moving forward even if he and his team are moving at baby step speed. Little accomplishments are better than none.
“Success is not a destination, but the road you are on.” ~ Unknown
It is never a good idea to be complacent in the workplace. If you want to remain employed at your current company, nurture the current position you are in. As well, give yourself opportunities to go beyond what is expected of you.
Last week, we shared some tips on how to approach the job market. The following are some tips if you are currently employed and want to remain there:
What you do everyday makes a big difference. Your positive outlook and pitch in attitude will give you great mileage. Your positive vibes can become contagious to others.
Look at problems as opportunities. Look at market slowdown as a chance to regroup and re-strategize. There is time now to make improvements.
Show up early and stay late when you can. Not to bank overtime, but to show your employer how much your company means to you. Your exemplary initiatives will be noticed.
If you have metrics or targets – go above and beyond.
Now may not be the time to ask for a raise. It will come in good time. Wait for it.
Be fiscally responsible. Consider what you and your coworkers can go without. Lead some office initiatives on recycling and other ways to save on resources. This will not only help improve the office bottom line but will be good for the environment.