On the last day of July, we can all feel it. The summer we were longing for is feeling like it has slowly begun to slip away and soon enough it will be September again.
Most of us probably did not get to sit in a hammock above a beach and just relax for a few days.
So, how do you engage with your team as they are beginning to feel the “end of summer blues” too?
One tip is to give them something to look forward to for the rest of the year! What does this actually look like?
We’d suggest taking 30 minutes over the next week or two to meet with each team member.
Begin by asking engaging questions about them.
How are they doing? What are they enjoying about their job? Why? What would they like to do more of? What are they passionate about?
As they are talking, really listen to what they are saying and seek to understand more of who they are and where they are coming from.
At the end of your time together, decide on one thing that they can do as a result of this conversation.
This won’t necessarily take away the blues of another summer that has slipped away but it probably will give each team member something to look forward to in the weeks to come!
Last week we brainstormed ideas on how to keep your team engaged in the summer.
But what about you?
To say that the summer has been busy for you would be an understatement. Deadlines. New hires. People moving on. A crazy team schedule. And that vacation that you barely squeezed in (or are still trying to…).
Sometimes, in the hype of everything that’s going on, you forget to do something to refresh yourself.
Stay positive: In all the hype and the hustle, think about all you’ve done. Know it will all get done again. You are a GREAT manager… let yourself believe that too!
Reward yourself: Both in the big and little things. You made it through the week – YEAH! Treat yourself to a movie. Your team finished their project (even when Jason was out and Mike’s wife had their baby!)… GO TEAM! Treat yourself to the local happy hour. No accomplishment is too big or small to go unrewarded.
Get re-inspired: Especially in the summer, we want that epic story of the vacation where we did something so “different than what we normally do”. But, maybe you don’t have time to take that rock climbing vacation in Costa Rica. Now what? Check out the “Things To Do” section of Groupon or the “Events and Activities” area of Living Social. Choose something you’ve always wanted to do and GO FOR IT! If nothing else, you’ll have a great story!
And, let us know what you decide to do!
… In my absence please connect with Devin Jones for any urgent matters, otherwise I will connect with you once I return…
Your stomach sinks. You NEED to connect with Sam to complete your project for your boss and now she’s on vacation for a week?!
Remember when vacations use to be fun? It seems like at some stage in your life vacations made an abrupt shift – now all you think about is when someone is out of the office how much it throws off your week and creates more work for you.
Somewhere along the way, we started (secretly or not-so-secretly) regretting when others take time off of work. And, making sure that business goals are still met when you have Mary out this week, Simone getting married the week after, and Matt who’s wife is pregnant and may have the baby at any time now, can be a challenge.
How do you keep your team encouraged (and unified) when it seems like they won’t all be together for the next two months?
Sport It Up: Set up a Frisbee game/ happy hour one day after work for everyone who is around. Or, if your team doesn’t like to play sports, set up a time to go see a local baseball game.
Take It Outside: I know, this one seems a little cliché but for a couple of your meetings, schedule it during lunch and take your team outside. It is amazing what a little extra sunlight can do to your mood!
Celebrate the Returns: There is nothing more disheartening (well, that’s a little dramatic) than coming back to work and wishing you had one more day of vacation. So, as people are coming back to the office, send out a “welcome back” email or 20-minute coffee break to celebrate their return!
Let us know how these work for you or what you do to keep your team unified in the summer!