With the end of Labor Day weekend in the US and Canada, many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are saying good-bye to the lazy days of summer and hello to a new school year. If you have kids (or remember being one), you know this can be a stressful time of year because of a huge amount of change. Here are four ways the end of summer and beginning of a new school year can impact your workplace:
The light traffic of summer will disappear, and you and your staff will have to cope with full roads and trains again. Be prepared for some unexpected lateness at first, and remind everyone to leave a bit of extra time in the morning so that they can get to work on time. If you can, turn a blind eye to the first day or two of lateness, but make sure that it doesn’t become a habit for anyone on your team.
New teachers, new schedules, and new everything can throw families for a bit of a loop at the beginning of a new school year. To make your employees feel cared-for, pay attention to the changes that their families are going through, and ask how they’re going. You can be a little bit tolerant of distraction in the first week or two of their new schedule, knowing that things will eventually calm down and go back to business as usual.
Now that your potential clients and customers are back from their last end-of-summer vacations, you may (hopefully) notice an uptick in your sales – especially if you’re a B2B business. This will certainly energize your sales team & increase excitement on your sales floor. Just make sure that your systems and processes are ready for the uptick, and you’ll be able to take advantage of it.
In the United States, heading back to school signals a fast two-and-a-half month run until the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. Although some businesses give occasional holidays in this period, you’ll find that the lack of school breaks and the new school year means that fewer of your employees will be taking time off. This 10-week time can be a fantastic time to do the following:
It’s time to catch the school bus! Make sure that you understand the impact back-to-school will have on your employees, and be prepared to take maximum advantage of it.
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