By Randy Townsend
Though most pundits agree that the recession is over, this does not necessarily mean that every organization is experiencing growth this quarter. During a slower period, there are plenty of things you can do to stay productive.
Assess the software that your staff uses on a regular basis
Pay close attention to the capabilities of the programs and how they are most often being used. For example, if you are using Microsoft Outlook as your primary email system, encourage your employees to utilize the additional features, such as the calendar, to schedule appointments and meetings. Make sure that all of your software is up to date. A lot of time, the Help menu will guide you through the nooks and crannies of the program.
Do some housekeeping
Designate time for your staff to organize their workspace. Delete obsolete and unused files from your network drives. Analyze and update operational procedures to streamline the process.
If you are not doing so on a regular basis, schedule one-on-one meetings with your staff to make sure you understand the pulse of your office. Challenge them to find ways to improve current processes and propose the implementation of changes.
Research and Develop Yourself
Make sure that you are up to date with the latest trends in your professional environment, from management to operations. Listen to Podcasts, like the Harvard Business Review’s free downloadable “HBR Ideacasts,” or the project management podcasts, http://pm411.org/. Staying engaged will bring out your best.
Rather than succumbing to the pressures of hard times, prepare yourassociation for Life After Recession.