Next week your business is going to experience a very expensive holiday. Because we call it “The Fourth of July” we must accept it as a holiday even when it lands on a Wednesday.
Tuesday will be a waste. Most people will quit early. Thursday will be little better than Tuesday. The week is shot. Unless you’re in retail, most of the week will be a waste.
But it doesn’t have to be wasted. It can be one of the most productive and fun weeks of the entire year.
Have your people “dress down” on Tuesday—like a casual Friday. Don’t give a reason. Go to the local BIGMART and buy a bunch of cleaning supplies and cleaning rags. Set aside 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to organize and clean the business. Get rid of all the clutter taped to computer monitors, clean the telephones, wipe off and polish the desks, throw out the dead plants and push the vacuum around. MAKE SOME CHANGES! Encourage people to move their furniture—rearrange the lobby. Replace bad light bulbs.
And best of all, in the middle of all the fun, have a dozen pizzas delivered.
HOLD ALL CALLS.
Do this right and you’ll see people having fun and improving their environment. You’ll notice a difference when they come back Thursday.
Most businesses will not have the courage to do this right. For example, let’s say two people agree to trade cubicles. NO WAY! That means re-routing the phones AND changing the computer network. Whoa! That’s WAY too much trouble…I can hear it now.
I’m tired of all the silly books coming out these days about business courage. Few CEOs today have the guts to let a couple of employees trade desks. Well?
Chris Reich, Author of TeachU’s Business Talk Blog