Do you have a project you’ve been hoping to implement – a new initiative or some sort of change in process or procedure, but you just can’t seem to get it going in the summertime? It’s easy to let things slide in the summer, when offices frequently take on a slower pace. You deserve a rest, right? Besides, half the people you need to get that project off the ground are away on holiday! So why not just let it go until after Labour Day?
Here’s why: when those team members return after the holiday, they’ll have loads of catching up to do. They may not be interested in taking on something new. Despite the perception that a “back-to-school” mentality exists in September, the reality is that many of your co-workers may feel like they need a vacation to recover from their vacation backlog.
In fact here are three reasons why it may be better to simply start that project now:
- It will give other colleagues a chance to stretch themselves by taking on unfamiliar tasks.
- Fresh eyes often result in more creative solutions, rather than status quo.
- Those who step up in summer may be more committed to the project than those who do it just because it’s another obligation.
We have a host of new initiatives on the go right now, and it’s invigorating! By September we hope to be reaping the fruits of our labours.
Rolling up our sleeves,
Megann and Steve