Warm-Up Mondays, Not Casual Friday

Warm-Up Mondays, Not Casual Friday

Most companies go through the same process. Mondays are the worst followed by 3 Thursdays finally finishing off the week with Friday! Oh the joyous Friday. Some groups even allow casual Friday where jeans come out and button ups turn into polo shirts. We do this as a welcome to the weekend. With 70% of Americans hating their job, it makes sense that employees want the weekend to come around. After the all powerful weekend, the most heinous creature appears! None other than Monday! Being a manager, you can imagine the absolute joy and wonder you feel when everyone walks around wishing they were somewhere else. Not too fun. Let’s change that. Let us find a way to change that. What if instead of casual Friday, introducing Warm-Up Monday?
Starting with a definition Warm-up Mondays coincide with strategy that most successful people utilize in their week. They get up, plan their week, get a solid routine down and begin. So why is it that we push ourselves into the zone right away each week? This creates nothing but unneeded stress and mistakes. My suggestion is to change how we look at Mondays. Create a team meeting. Get everyone on the same page for what the team wants to accomplish. Have everyone utilize Monday to plan out their week. For individuals on the sales team, have them do some research on the clients they want to communicate with. For operations, look at last weeks production focusing on what challenges came up that can be potentially fixed. The clarity this brings to the team allows us proper action with premeditated choices made. Of course there are some down sides to this idea.
Two come up in my mind right away. The first one has to do with business as a whole. Most companies work hard Monday to Thursday making Friday the relaxed day. That means for companies that try to change it up may be on the wrong end of the week. If your business is B2B prepare to have some work in terms of getting business done on a Friday. The other dilemma is people taking advantage of Mondays being slower days and not planning their week. The individuals that want to win will rise to the occasion and utilize Monday correctly. Some of your team might not be so inclined. Everyone must be told and held accountable. I have created weekly task sheets for some of my Management Consulting clients. What that does is give them something to fill out and be accountable for during the week. At the end, they can turn in the results and explain why certain things got done while others did not. Outside of these two, there does not seem to be many negatives.
What do you think? I pondered this idea over multiple days. As the business landscape changes and workers want different achievements out of their career. This may be a while to connect the team into one unit at the beginning of the week by creating a Monday meeting. The opportunity to plan and research allows better decision making. Outside of the negatives above, the positives seem to outweigh. Try it out or let me know how it went in the past

Anthony Smith
Management Consultant
Helping Managers assist their employees in finding their why, creating a path to achieve that why, and keeping them on that path.

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