The Slump

The Slump

You’re over half way there!

To where, you wonder…

You’ve almost made it through the January 2nd — Memorial Day SLUMP.

Have you even noticed that in March (and sometimes April too) you and your team feel a little on edge, and you are just longing for a day (or week) off?

WE HAVE!

And, we call it “the slump”.

You are on the longest stretch of the year where you and your colleagues don’t have a common day off. So even if you’ve taken a day (or two), everything else in the organization kept rolling.

So, what can you do to keep morale up?

Change it up!

Need some ideas:

  • Bring in bagels and coffee one morning
  • Create a count down for SOMETHING (even if it’s a small, common task that all of your Team has), and then celebrate when you hit it!
  • Let everyone go home early one Friday afternoon

It doesn’t have to be fancy. It is the little things that bring everyone’s experiences back together and say “I see you … thanks for ALL you do!”

Stories to Remember

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If you live in the United States, then on Monday you will probably walk outside to smell the fantastic aroma of burgers or brats cooking on a grill, with a dog barking and the buzz of bees trying to land on your watermelon.

Most of us have traditions of eating BBQ and spending time with family on Memorial Day.

It can be easy to forget why we celebrate this holiday.

This Memorial Day, share (or read, or listen to!) a story with your loved ones about someone you know who has served in the military.

Their stories, no matter how big or small, truly are ones to remember.

And, please share your stories with us too!

Take a Break

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We’re writing from the U.S.- finishing up the last few work minutes prior to a long weekend.

Are you debating on if you should use your holiday to get a head start on a project or catch up on some emails?  According to FastCompany’s Lisa Evans and serial entrepreneur John Roa in the article “Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better at Your Job” – you should probably think again.

It looks like we’re not alone in the ‘work-or-not-to-work’ question – “A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused”.

Why is it important to take time off?

Getting out of the norm can pull your thinking out of a rut by (literally) taking you out of the office. Vacation can push you out of your comfort zone and give fresh perspective once back in the office. It can inspire – help us think differently and have a different perspective on our day-to-day interactions (both at work, and at home).

Just like taking a lunch break is definitely a good idea, time away from the office can help our brains recuperate, refresh our attention, and make us more creative than if we had not.

Our recommendation? Take a break.