- Make sure you keep your eye on your holiday allocations, ensuring that all staff are taking their entitlements, whilst making sure you have enough cover!
- Keep in mind those employees who have children and plan early on how you will manage their workload and holidays over the summer period.
- Make sure you take time mid-year to review targets and objectives to ensure you are on track, or need to refocus on team, or individual objectives.
- Keep healthy – the lighter nights are a perfect time for employees to de-stress and take part in exercise in the summer months. Encourage this type of activity.
- The Olympics, Wimbledon, Euros 2012 are all happening this summer – are you going to put provisions in place to allow staff to watch big events?
- Festivals, Festivals, Festivals. Across the UK there is a festival to suit every taste and by way of a thank you to your staff, why not host a corporate event?
- Watch out for people’s timekeeping and attendance – keep a track and an early word in someone’s ear may prevent this turning into a bigger issue.
- With children starting or returning to school, parents may need to rethink working hours and working arrangements, you may need to manage these through flexible working requests.
- Refocus staff when they return from holiday onto objectives and targets to motivate and encourage.
- Review any flexible working arrangements that you used during the summer holidays and consider the advantages and disadvantages this afforded the business – learn from the experience and share the learning.
- Start thinking about your Christmas plans for the business and book your Christmas party night soon.
- Countdown to end of year for the business – do you need a team briefing to put life back into the business plan and a push towards the end of the year?
- Do you need to start planning your vision and plans for 2013? Or revise your budgets for the rest of the calendar year?