In the past two days, we have had an interesting time discussing different thoughts around a Spring Forward Monday — it’s a great idea to celebrate what is normally a pretty rough day for many workers. Monday, March 10 is the day after we institute Daylight Savings Time in many places in the US.
There is nothing “light” about Daylight Savings!
The cost to health of US citizens from losing that one hour of sleep when we spring forward was calculated to be $433.982,548 by an economics analysis firm. And when we add in even just the clock changing time, it escalates to more than $1 billion. Take the lateness to work, the above average grumpiness of the workers, and all that other stuff, it has got to be a $10 to $20 billion hit to productivity. (One wonders how many facebook posts will complain about having to work that day…)
So, let’s Reframe The Game — Let’s make this dreadful day into Spring Forward Monday and use it as a reason for supervisors and managers to have conversations with their people about workplace issues and opportunities. The research shows that these kinds of discussions are not very prevalent and that many people feel that no one listens to their ideas in the first place.
I share some ideas around this theme on YouTube — you can see it by clicking on the haiku below:
This was my idea, based on my work using simple tools for improving involvement and engagement for workplace improvement. But accomplishing the goals of Spring Forward Monday certainly do not require any tools; what we need are more conversations about issues and opportunities.
If we can help you in some way, check out our special offer on a toolkit here. But we simply hope that supervisors everywhere will simply take the time to ask for ideas and listen for answers.
For the FUN of It!
Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.