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Avoid a summer slump this year

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Summer slump The summer slump doesn’t have to be inevitable. Your team can remain productive all summer long, if you follow this advice:

Head outdoors. Hold a meeting outside, schedule an outdoor team-building activity, or throw a barbecue to connect with new clients. You’ll accomplish important work, and employees won’t feel like they are missing out on the nice weather.

Start work on a new and exciting project. A new initiative can motivate and inspire people. Just be sure to set minigoals and strict deadlines to keep momentum moving.

Cross-train employees. Allow employees to cover for a vacationing co-worker in a different department or in an entirely new role. Employees will focus because they want to do a good job, and you’ll build skills across the organization.

Turn to freelancers. Hire an expert or two to fill in throughout the summer. Not only will that make it possible for employees to take much-deserved vacations, but you could also benefit from freelancers’ new perspectives and skill sets. You may even find someone worth hiring full time.

Tackle to-dos that are overlooked during busier seasons. Schedule training sessions, evaluate and improve policies and procedures, clean and organize, test new technology, and conduct feedback sessions with staff. Those types of activities set you up for success the rest of the year.

— Adapted from “Working it Out: Capitalize on the Summer Slump,” Lauren Sveen, The Denver Post, www.denverpost.com.

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