Why we’d like a “Bye Week” in Company America
2020 was at full capacity for individuals and organizations.
Unfortunately, the myriad of challenges won't go away when December 31st turns into January 1st, 2021. The problems uncovered last year require new answers as individuals and organizations are subject to higher standards. The good side of 2021 comes from the abundance of opportunities for individuals and organizations choosing themselves to add value and solve real-world problems. These matters are exactly as advertised: complex, demanding and numerous. It is unrealistic to tackle all of these issues and continue business as usual. There has to be a practical one
As the world moves faster, individuals and organizations believe they need to take action immediately without having time to slow down. This is wrong. This is exactly the right time to take a deliberate corporate goodbye week to make sure you're strategically positioning yourself for the best progress.
A bye week is a sporting term in which teams have a mandatory, pre-planned week outside of competition during the middle of the season. Top athletes and sports teams use this time to assess exactly what they need to correct for the remainder of the season, to rest, to heal mental or physical ailments, and to prepare to end the season at its highest potential . Since bye weeks are planned and mandatory, all members of the organization are in sync at the same time. During a typical regular season, NFL teams have a week off during a 17-week season that runs from the second week of September through the first week of January. With this analogy, companies would have three corporate weeks to model a full calendar year. Reduced to realistic terms, this would be a four-day weekend from Thursday to Monday.
Cutting off time from work may seem unrealistic, but there are no pre-established rules or best practices for the future. It is up to every organization to rewrite the rules that will give them the best chance of success. External industries often provide answers to internal challenges by showing alternative solutions.
Slow down and correct course
It's hard to save time when there's always another project to put out another fire, endless pressures. There is always something. Everyday life rarely leaves time to slow down in deep thought so that an accurate assessment of the course is correct. It is important to always be up to date. When you slow down, individuals and organizations can take inventory to discover hidden opportunities while others miss them with their heads down. The time spent is never wasted. This time strategically positions individuals and organizations to change their trajectory. Course correction is becoming increasingly important as missteps are magnified and extremely difficult to repair.
It is not normal for the human body to go through anything. Resilience (the buzzword 2020) has its place, but also the ability to stop and recharge. Burnout, mental health issues, zoom fatigue and work-life imbalance are common topics as of 2020, but in reality they have always been there. Many people work harder with less structure than they did before the pandemic. Nobody is immune to it.
Often times, people avoid sharing their problems for fear of being judged, strained, or showing weakness. Frequently, resources are not used sufficiently. It's hard to see visually who needs help. Yes, employees are free to take sick days and free time, but teams rarely charge at the same time. As a result, employees reach and fall at different times. This staggered recovery is problematic for people who need to work in teams. The ability to think at a high level during strenuous work diminishes as the wellbeing of employees declines. Individuals cannot divide and perform if their mind and body are not at full capacity.