Let’s cut through the chase; for many, Ramadan is not a month of stellar productivity at work. This is unfortunate because staying up till dawn to check every soap on cable TV defeats the purpose of how Ramadan nights should be spent.
In any event, as a supervisor, manager, or executive, if you’d like to keep the little bunny going during this blessed month, here are some tips:
1- Organize a SayuBaan Ramadan (a get-together before Ramadan) where you meet with your team around a meal, and remind them of the full picture. Show them how a lack of productivity in Ramadan might affect the company’s SMART goals and theirs for the entire year.
2- It’s often a good time in companies – with less “work” during Ramadan – for a zoom-out moment. Perform some strategic planning and get the team involved.
3- Brainstorm together interesting projects for your team members, and set reasonable deadlines. Working under some pressure (don’t push it) might prevent some employees from just hanging out purposelessly.
4- Organize learning circles where employees share knowledge through short presentations (less than an hour).
5- Offer incentives (and they don’t have to be immense) for projects successfully completed ( maybe some time off).
6- Allow shorter working days. When employees know they can get home early and maybe take a short nap, it will help them feel better about the hours spent at the office.
7- The weather is very hot in the Middle-East, for instance; so ensure that conditioning is acceptable in the office.
I hope this is helpful. What do you do to keep your organization productive during Ramadan?
The author, Radhia Benalia, PhDc,PMP is Deputy General Manager at CMCS , and a passionate of communication and leadership development. As her skills spilled over other aspects of her life, she was nominated in 2009 as the candidate chosen to run for the party in office, British Columbia, Canada.
Radhia now offers periodically a “Leadership and Communication Skills for Project Managers” course at the American University of Beirut- CEC.