You probably know that I love “No Meeting Friday.” That is, setting aside Friday for creative work and not allowing any meetings that day. I find this to be a tremendous productivity booster.
However, lately I have noticed a disturbing trend on Fridays. I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush, but it seems that more and more businesses are empty on Friday afternoons.
Is your office a ghost town by mid-afternoon on Fridays? Is 2PM the normal departure time before the weekend?
When did casual Friday turn into casually working Friday?
Half Day Friday or Half #$% Friday?
Huh? Half Day Friday? When did this happen?
Last time I looked at the economy, most companies weren’t doing so great.
So, somebody thought… let’s work less?
I am in favor of flexible work environments (a la ROWE), however without accountability these quickly devolve into chaos.
Hustle When Others Are Not
Of course, for those that are working hard, these slackers are presenting a tremendous opportunity. In tough times, it is those with discipline that will thrive.
Here are some tips on hustling when others are slacking:
- Always Be Hustling – If you work hard when others are not, you will get ahead. Work when others are taking half days on Fridays, and you will have 2 full extra work days a month. That becomes 26 extra days a year. What could you do with that much of a lead over your competition?
- Work When others are Not – When others are not working is a great time to get things done. With less interruptions and distractions, it is easier to increase your productivity and stay on task.
- Finish Early – Many take off Fridays even when their work is not done. And if today’s obligations are done, what can you get done early? Finishing ahead of schedule has tremendous advantages.
- It Is About Hard work – Hate to break it to you, but there is no 4-hour work week. Success comes from one thing: hard work.
So, before you join the skipping out crowd, think about what you could be getting done. Or better yet, think about how much further ahead and closer to your goals you could be.
Is Half Day Friday an issue at your company? Do you work hard on Fridays?