Is Your Work Schedule Ready for Spring?

February 28, 2011 by Lynn Faughey

If you’re like me, as we finish up March and head into April, you are probably tired of the cold days and anxiously looking forward to the better months of the spring, right?  Daylight savings time has come and passed, marking the unofficial end of a dreary winter season.  So, what are YOU doing to get ready for spring and take advantage of the longer sunny days ahead?

During the winter months, many of us don’t mind working long hours as much, but when spring comes, we are suddenly resentful of our work demands that might keep us from enjoying the nice weather.  Now is the time to be proactive about our work schedules to allow us to take full advantage of the daylight hours when spring is here.

Here are some ideas to get us in the mode of a spring schedule.  The time to start proactively implementing is NOW, instead of being reactive to our work demands later.

1)      Start Early/Finish Early:  Start shifting your work schedule to an earlier start time so that you can finish earlier and enjoy more of the sunny days.  If this is too hard to do every day, try it for 2-3 days a week at first.

2)      Block Time on Your Calendar in the Middle of the Day: Yes, that’s right.  Make a meeting with yourself!  It can be over lunch or smack in the middle of the afternoon.  Will anyone really miss you for a half-hour that you proactively booked with yourself to take a walk around the building?  Try it and see how much your productivity increases and how it positively affects your mood.

3)      Work Four Longer Days / Work One Shorter Day:  Many companies implement this sort of schedule over the summer and call it “summer hours”.  Typically, employees work a little longer Monday thru Thursday and then work a shorter day on Friday.  If your company doesn’t have this policy, it doesn’t mean you can’t ask if you can implement this schedule for yourself.  Or maybe the shorter day doesn’t have to be on a Friday, but another day that works better for your type of work.

4)      Work from Home One Day a Week:   If you can arrange to work from home one day a week, you can certainly see more sun! This would enable you to take a walk in the middle of the day or if you have wireless access, you may even be able to work outside for the day.

These are just some ideas that we can proactively implement now before the spring weather is completely upon us.  Then, when the spring warmth is here to stay, we will already be in the right groove to capitalize on the longer and sunnier days!

-Lynn Faughey, FlexPro COO

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