The summer months, when most people take vacations, can be trying times for managers. A number of problems seem to get worse during the summer--, tardiness, inattention, horseplay. People come back from vacations feeling out of touch; their work may be ready for them, but they're not ready for it. This all takes a toll on productivity.
How do smart managers avoid these summertime blues? Primarily by planning. They decide ahead of time what they can and will do to keep their employees interested, involved and motivated. They also decide how to get vacationing employees back up to speed when they return to work.
Here are some approaches to try:
Lead with summer conditions in mind. Your scheduling, for example, should take into account the effect of employee absences on everyone's workload. Who can cover for whom? What can be put off for a while? What needs doing ahead of schedule so you can coast later on? Be prepar...(register to read more)