“Professional” Snow Days
By Mark Inboden
I just read an article on how winter storms increase peoples' productivity. While it is currently snowing in Colorado, I would not trade our winter for more snow to increase productivity.
In a nutshell, the article says that when it is snowing, there are less distractions than when the weather is nice outside. I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to relocate our business to the New England area or Alaska to increase productivity.
Many years ago I heard a quote that “a Professional is someone who will do their job even when they do not want to." What I took away from the quote is that there will be days when you might rather be somewhere else than work, but you know that you have a job to do.
What I like to tell my people is that if you work in blocks of time to complete tasks, instead of thinking about the entire day, it keeps you more focused. Especially for people in management positions, this is important. Breaking large projects into tasks that can be completed in less than an hour not only keeps you focused, but gets you to completion faster than dwelling on what to do next.
Keeping your focus on your customers should be your main task, and your employees need to be more productive, no matter what the weather is doing outside.
Mark is President and CEO of UCEC.