The weather will soon be cooling, school will be starting, and the days will be growing shorter. As summer comes to a close, take a moment to welcome the new season and turn over a new leaf for your company.
Fall is often viewed as a fresh start – a time to embrace opportunities. But after a lax summer, you and your employees might find yourselves in a slump.
Don't worry; you're not alone. In fact, members of the Business.com community have voiced similar concerns. For instance, Anisia Allen, Business.com community member, asked: "What are some creative management ideas that can refocus and refresh our team for fall?"
We interviewed experts on the best ways to prepare your team for autumn. Here's what they had to say.
1. Schedule a team meeting
As everyone returns from their summertime high and settles into the present, make time to "regroup." This is a chance to catch up with your workers, discuss your goals for the new season, brainstorm ideas and create a plan going forward.
This can be as simple as scheduling a meeting in a conference room or hopping on a group video call; but some leaders might want to make it into more of an event.
"Business leaders can plan a company retreat at the end of the summer to share thoughts on strategic directions for Q3 and Q4 and get their team re-energized for the upcoming challenges ahead," said from Arvind Raichur, CEO of MrOwl. "It's also a great time to get an understanding of where your workers are and to reiterate the priorities and make sure that everyone is focused and working toward the same set of goals."
2. Meet with workers one-on-one
A team is only as valuable as its players, which is why it's crucial you speak with every employee individually about their performance, interests and goals moving forward.
"I regularly ask my employees if they are happy and if they need anything," said Raichur. "Taking the time to connect with them in one-one-one conversations is important because it helps me gain an understanding of what could be keeping them from contributing to our overall success. With the right questions, you will be able to learn what’s important to them and how to get them re-engaged and feel valued."
Passion is crucial to performance. Your workers won't be engaged or deliver quality work if they don't enjoy their job. Make their happiness a priority, and they’ll make work one too.
3. Get back into a routine
In the fall, there are no more Summer Fridays or long holiday weekends at the beach – and the transition might be difficult. But the quicker you create a routine for your workers, the quicker they'll adapt in time for autumn.
You can even offer some incentives to motivate your employees, like an autumn potluck or a Halloween costume party in October. Just because summer is over doesn't mean you can't still have some fun, so long as you work as hard as you play.