Downtime at any workplace is the enemy of a successful business; so if you are starting to notice more downtime creeping into your workplace, take some steps to rectify the situation. The following ideas are sure to help.
Without being too much of a tyrant, if it is quiet at your workplace make sure that your staff are making use of the time to do some cleaning. It is understandable that not everything will be sparkling clean if you’ve been busy, but standing around doing nothing is the least efficient way to spend quiet time. Even if you use commercial cleaning services to clean your place of business, it is important that your staff help to keep their work areas under control. If everything is clean, give everyone an extra break, just to show that you are a boss who isn’t unreasonable and who cares about them too.
Create a staff library
If you have a library at your workplace, quiet times can be put to good use by having your workers spend a bit of time reading. Most staff members will be more than happy to read instead of clean, and you will be getting your workers trained up to be far more knowledgeable and therefore far more effective. Make sure that your workplace subscribes to the latest relevant industry journals, so your staff can be in the know on all the cutting edge details relating to their field. A workplace library can be a fantastic way to not only reduce downtime, but also start to get your workers thinking more seriously about the industry.
Hold impromptu workshops
Should things go quiet around your workplace, rather than have everyone sitting on their hands doing nothing, make use of having so many talented people in the same place at the same time and put on some simple skill-sharing workshops. Often there will be someone in the group who has an obvious skill that everyone else could benefit from learning, so eliminate unnecessary downtime and put these great events together.
Rather than have lots of downtime around your workplace, if things get quiet, order in food and have a staff meeting. It is always a good idea to have a quality check-in with your staff, and often the issues you are able to resolve in a good staff meeting can do wonders for the overall success and productivity of your business in the long term. So make sure you use your quiet times at work as opportunities rather than downtime, and your business will be more than ready to take advantage when things start to pick up again.
Your staff members are some of the biggest resources your business has, so make sure they aren’t sitting idle just because things have gotten a little quiet. Quiet time at any workplace presents a fabulous opportunity, so whether you are holding extra training or a staff meeting, make sure your staff are always being put to best use, no matter how busy things are customer wise. You’ll wish you had that extra time once things pick up speed again.