The unofficial end of summer is only four short weeks away. That’s right, another season of beach, barbecue, and vacations is almost behind us.
I’m not trying to hurl you into a depression. Instead, I’d like to encourage you to make the most of the remainder of the summer season. Before Labor Day strikes and you’re fishing for excuses to get out of the office Secret Santa, follow these pieces of advice:
1. Buy ice cream for the office. Frozen treats have a way of bringing out the kid in everyone. Surprise your co-workers by bringing in a variety of ice cream, ices, or your favorite summer treat. This is a foolproof way to enjoy other people’s smiles, curry favor with subordinates, and enjoy the best that summer has to offer. Consider it a random act of kindness.
2. Call in sick. At this point in the summer your boss is accustomed to the Friday Flu taking down staff. If you haven’t treated yourself to at least four consecutive days away from work, consider putting in for a few vacation days (or call in sick). Every job has its own cycle, but for many employees, post-summer weeks tend to be quite busy. Clear your mind now and calibrate for the busy season. When you’re away from work, try to maximize your time so you don’t have any regrets.
Read the rest of my article at U.S. News & World Report.