Summertime… and the livin’ is easy…
That’s the beginning of the classic song by George Gershwin. We Manitobans guard our summer very closely. When every winter is a test of survival, character and patience, summer can be a well-earned reprieve to many people. It’s a time to take a step back and relax a bit and enjoy some downtime. But what does that mean for your business?
When used effectively, the summer can be a transformational time for your organization or for you personally. It can be used to reflect on the successes and struggles of the first half of the calendar year. Some questions to ask might be
- What went well?
- What didn’t go so well?
- What plans came together?
- What plans had to be adjusted?
- What did we learn in the last 6 months?
When considering the next 6 months of the year, another critical question to ask is:
What do I need to learn to adjust to the upcoming challenges?
Summer can be a great time to take the training needed in order to address those challenges.
“Engagement can often become stale in the summer months. That’s why performance management, training, and development should not wane during the summer months. It’s important to keep investing in these practices so employees stay engaged and productive. For example, the summer signals mid-year, which is an ideal time for employees to meet with supervisors to discuss their performance and progress towards goals and objectives set at the beginning of the year. This discussion can help refocus employees on their goals, help establish new projects and objectives, and identify what additional support is needed. Additionally, while many employers refrain from scheduling training during the summer due to vacations, this actually can be an ideal time for training and development – especially if business is slower than normal during this season.”[i]
So just because “livin’ is easy” it doesn’t mean we have to stop growing as organizations and individuals. Keep looking for opportunities to improve.
Attend that class. Read that book. Challenge yourself.
We would love to part of those growth plans.
Contact us directly if you have any questions or training needs. We’d love to help!