Take Back Your Fridays: Four Strategies To Stay Productive Through The Workweek
Don’t allow your Friday afternoons to be the stepping stone to the weekend. Start driving results from your staff, and take back the lost 20% of your work week!
It’s time to start recognizing Fridays for what they are: 20% of your lost work week. An owner’s obligation to their business means ensuring that employees are driving the same level of results Friday afternoon, as they are on Monday morning. If you are a business owner looking to motivate your crew as the weekend draws near, here are four strategies to help you inspire greater results:
- Provide a heavy workload: Do your employees have enough work to keep them busy until Friday? If not, consider listing out your expected deliverables for their week, with an eye on the weeks that follow. Add enough work to keep your staff not only working to accomplish their daily goals, but also weekly, monthly, and yearly.
- Emphasize the necessity of high, and the severity of low, performance: Discourage poor performance from your staff through discipline and a reminder that anyone who is not focused on success is expendable. Your business is not a democracy, and though opinions and personality are welcomed, at the end of the day if a team member is not performing, it’s time to part ways.
- Invest them in your business plan: Do your employees understand the goals of your business, the culture you are nurturing, and the direction of the company? If not, it’s time to bring everyone onboard through group and individual evaluations and training. If you don’t have a business plan, here are Four Strategies to Developing a Business Plan to help get you started.
- Incentivize: I cannot emphasize enough the importance and benefits of a pay-for-performance program in your business. If you are not inspiring results from your staff through financial incentives, you do not understand the real reason why people work for you; I hate to break it to you, it’s not because you’re a “Good Boss.”
In my experience, your staff should leave work on Friday evening feeling as though they’ve accomplished something big. Not only does it make them feel great as they start their weekends, but more importantly it helps your business gain success it would have otherwise missed out on.