As kids, the school calendar programs us to start over every September – or in the case of Las Vegas students, late August. New pencils. New backpack. New clothes. New books. New lunchbox. It’s a new school year, and everything from your teacher to your attitude changes. Like the beginning of the calendar year, it’s a fresh start. Clean slate.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do I get good deals on school – I mean, office – supplies, the bell implanted in my brain from my school days tells me it’s time to re-evaluate. What can I do better? What can I do differently or more efficiently than I already am? Is it time for a change in the way I do things?
As business owners, it’s a good time to check in with your employees. How are they doing? How are you doing? What are your plans and goals for the last quarter of the year?
Instead of getting everyone together around the holidays, maybe it’s a good time for a retreat, of sorts. It doesn’t have to be fancy (although, I’m sure employees would love a tropical vacation). It can be held in-house for a couple hours over a meal. Be creative. The only requirement is the time is set aside to check in with everyone. A time to refresh.
As adults, we may not get a new backpack, but we can empty our business baggage of all the dry markers, empty pens and crumpled papers from last year – unearth and reinvigorate something that was buried in the side pocket – and fill it with new plans, goals and ideas. And maybe a new bouquet of pencils.
Tiffannie Bond is Imagine Communications’ Media Relations Specialist and Company Photographer. Click here to email her.