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Pressure spikes with increase business demands, employee engagement, and consumer needs during peak seasons. A hectic work environment can be challenging for managers and employees alike. With the right mindset and adequate preparation managers can lead proficiently and effectively – even in the busiest times of the year.
Be Flexible. Planning is a vital component in management, yet flexibility and adaptability to change are also of upmost importance in leadership. Be open to changes in projects, schedules, ideas, and other business opportunities.
Have a “Plan B”. Develop a strategic plan with staff members to prepare for busy times of the year. Be sure to have a “Plan B” in the event your initial strategy doesn’t turn out as planned. Don’t be caught in a state of panic if your initial plan doesn’t unfold as anticipated. Having a “Plan B” increases probability of success through adequate action planning and implementation.
Block distractions. Allot specific times of the day for phone calls, surfing the web, socializing, and other non-business related matters. Leaders can get bombarded with multiple demands, carrying the potential of interrupted workflow. Eliminate distractions that slow workflow like constant emails checks, not screening phone calls, chatting with colleagues, texting, and persistent use of social media sites.
Work With Your Rhythm. Like the saying goes, No one shoe fits all. We each have an internal biological rhythm influencing times of increase wakefulness and sleepiness. You’re most productive when working during times of increased alertness. If your occupations allow flexibility in work schedule, be sure to use your time efficiently. Schedule high priority projects during times of the day or night when you’re most alert and creative.
Prioritize. “To do” consists of tasks that need to be accomplished. Many of these tasks must be completed before the end of day, yet not all are top priority. Review daily tasks, goals, and objectives, prioritizing from most to least important.
Get Some Rest. Getting a good nights sleep seems easier said than done when managing a business, taking care of needed tasks, and attending to family matters. Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, Professor of Psychology at St. Joseph's University mentions in WebMD, “Sleep loss affects how you think. It impairs your cognition, your attention, and your decision-making." Go ahead and catch some extra Z’s tonight.
Conduct Periodic Staff Meetings. Employee engagement is key for business success, particularly during peak season. Having a strong team in which each individual performs to his/her upmost potential is simply priceless! Periodic meetings allow for employee feedback and problem solving. Involving employees in the decision making process promotes staff cohesiveness and builds strong working relationships. Meetings offer opportunity for employee input in upcoming projects, and staff recognition.
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