Ah, summer ... That wonderful time of year when everything slows down—including your business.
Workplace productivity typically falls about 20% in the summer, according to a study of 600 white-collar workers by digital media company Captivate Network. Attendance declines by 19%. Projects take 13% more time to complete. Employees are 45% more distracted. And the heat makes things worse: When the outside temps rise above 77 degrees, productivity decreases by 2% per degree, according to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In addition, your clients and vendors are on a seemingly constant rotation of vacation time. No one's ever in when you need them.
The easiest thing to do, then, is just accept this state of affairs. After all, there is a gentlemen's agreement in the business world that operations are supposed to slow down a little in the summer, and since your competition has slowed down, it's fine if you put on ...(register to read more)