5 Things to Do This Month: July 2014

With July upon us, 2014 is officially halfway over. Between company outings and summer cookouts, here are five things to do this month!

Canada Day/Independence Day – July 1, 4

Two hundred eight years ago, a group of individuals finalized the Declaration of Independence, securing future freedom against old world economies and governments and birthed the United States of America. Ninety-one years later, three British colonies united under the Constitution Act, creating the nation of Canada. Today, during the first week of July, millions across North America celebrate these two events and honor the men and women who made their freedom possible. Take this week to celebrate what it means to your team members through a company picnic or simple ice-cream social at the office. A little break goes a long way in rejuvenating an organization.

Halftime

With the first six months of the year in the bag, what better time than now to take a look at what your organization has accomplished so far! At the beginning of the year, you and your team likely made SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goals for 2014. With every project or task, take the time to ask your team what went right, what went wrong, and what to do differently in the future. Being honest about progress is the first step to remaining innovative. And don’t forget, this is also a time to celebrate what your team has accomplished so far! Be sure to show your employees your appreciation for their hard work through the first half of the year.

Get to Know Your Customers Day – July 16

Observed four times a year – January 16, April 17, July 17, and October 16 – Get to Know Your Customers Day is a great opportunity for your team to get out of their shells and get better acquainted with the people they serve. So often, we get focused on the minute details of our jobs that we forget to see the bigger picture – why we do what we do. Regardless of the industry you are in, customers should come first. Take this day to get out of your cubicles and warehouses and have a customer appreciation day where your employees get to mingle with your buyers. This will help your team understand who they are truly working for and could build office morale and productivity.

Plan for Absences

As the office seems to get emptier, it’s easy to see we’re in vacation season. If you haven’t already, be sure to make an inventory of who is going to be gone on vacation during these next couple of months, so you don’t get blind-sided by the extra workload. To ensure productivity remains at its highest, consider using seasonal staffing this summer. Staffing companies like Express Employment Professionals work hard to give you the best individuals during times like these, so your office doesn’t miss a beat.

Celebrate National Air-Conditioning Appreciation

Though this is a silly monthly observance, it’s a great time to take a day or two to reorganize the office for the second half of the year. When the dog days are upon us and the weather is too hot to bear, use it as an excuse to stay indoors. Whether you need to reorder office supplies, take care of lingering files around your workspace, or simply clean up the aftereffects of a whirlwind of productivity, get your team involved, so you can buckle-down for the rest of the year.

What do you plan on doing this month? Did we miss anything on our list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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