So, summer is definitely here and the holiday season will soon be upon us. For those with children, it’s but six weeks until the end of term and the wind-down for many will begin soon.
Don’t get me wrong, business and commerce cannot grind to a halt the minute the sun pops its hat on but on sunny and warm days, I do think there’s nothing wrong with an ice-cream run and lunch being taken on the grass.
With mobile phones now being an extension of our desk, we’re more than likely to be working outside of ‘normal’ office hours – checking and replying to emails, perhaps reading downloaded documents and generally playing catch-up after a busy day with meetings and projects on the go. This is the all-important discretionary effort coming into play, without which, many businesses would struggle to survive.
In my opinion, working above and beyond will only continue if it is acknowledged and recognised. I used to work for a PR firm where hard work and long hours were the norm. If we were working late preparing for a new business pitch or an annual review with a client, there were no complaints because our MD and CEO would pitch in with us; they’d ensure there was laughter amongst the hard work to ensure the evening didn’t feel like drudgery. We were rewarded for our efforts with a competitive salary, a fantastic Christmas ‘do’; sometimes a bottle of wine or box of chocs would land on our desk by way of a thank you for working late.
As a leader and manager, there’s a balance to be struck whereby the job needs to get done, targets met, satisfied clients and projects effectively managed but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy… and perhaps some very disgruntled people. Being mindful of some ‘downtime’- where everyone can kick back and relax – can be planned – maybe a meal out, an organised activity or an out-of-the-office team bonding day.
Once away from the work environment, the majority of the time, colleagues will really come to value and enjoy the opportunity to relax and have fun with those they might not normally mix with. If the management let their hair down, colleagues respect and admire this and see a more ‘human’ side which surely is more likely to engender a culture of mutual respect and team working.
If as a leader you are creating a workplace which encourages hard work and offers appropriate incentives, then you’re far more likely to have a team who’re keen to do the job well and not just reach the targets but smash them.
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