Did you know that July is Anti-Boredom Month? Seriously.
Research this topic online and you’ll learn that many organizations promote anti-boredom activities (for both kids and adults) every July. The assumption is the slow summer months leave lots of time for people to idle away—and grow restless.
Managers can use Anti-Boredom Month to their advantage. Here’s how:
- Bring teams together—outdoors. Take short outings after work as a unit or meet at a park for a softball game. Keep these gatherings informal, and don’t pressure everyone to come. You want these events to build their own momentum through positive word-of-mouth.
- Enliven dull communication. Work with your staff to review all materials that circulate both within your organization and among outsiders. Identify strategies to infuse energy into brochures, instruction manuals and Web content. Replace bureaucratic writing with succinct, captivating prose.
- Switch jobs. A surefire way to shake people out of their torpor is to cross-train key staffers to learn each other’s job. Schedule half-days where people switch roles and learn new skills. Managers should roll up their sleeves and answer phones, greet customers or tackle a technical task.