The way I see it, it’s never too late for a little spring cleaning. So what if it’s July? Maybe you’ve had a busy year and didn’t get around to doing what many folks like to do in spring – make an attempt to clean up, organize and put things together – both in your personal and professional lives.
I recently came across an article published in Entrepreneur magazine by John Pilmer, an entrepreneur, consultant and CEO of Pilmer Public Relations. The article described several ways to improve your job and life as a whole, and I found it to be interesting, insightful and thought-provoking.
The items on this list can be applied to any industry. With that in mind, let’s apply them specifically to your field operations:
Cut the clutter: This applies to more than paperwork. Have you been meaning to clean up your office? Do it! File away those old invoices and (paid) bills sitting around in piles growing higher and higher. On that note, look into management software and technology to get away from handwriting invoices, budget sheets and other things. Toss the junk mail that keeps toppling over on your desk. Clean out and organize your equipment storage area and facility. Get your vehicles and equipment cleaned out, cleaned up and serviced.
Invest: Who needs the stock market? Invest in you. Invest in your employees. If your budget allows, take a look at upgrading any equipment that’s in dire need. Upgrade your lunch/break area with new chairs, tables and maybe even a fresh coat of paint. Maybe a member of your crew has been angling for a specific tool and you’ve been too busy to consider it – take another look and find out what they need and why they need it.
Take a break: For most of you, especially during the summer months when sports are in full swing, this is difficult or near impossible. But it’s most important, keeping your mental health in mind. Take a look at your team and tournament schedules; if you feel confident with your crew and your plans and preparations, you’ve earned a break. Step away for a day or take a long weekend. That little amount of time off could do wonders, and you’ll likely come back refreshed and re-energized.
Organize: Work with your facility managers/administration/athletic directors and make a priority list of what bills/companies to pay, when and how much. Make sure your employee paperwork is all updated, as well as insurance policies and related paperwork. Look at your day-to-day employee schedules and overtime schedules. You’ll want to ensure they’re in order and that nobody is being unnecessarily overworked because you’re too busy to see that your scheduling is fair, accurate and correct.
Find the positive: It’s so easy to find the negative aspects of our jobs, especially when we are overworked, underpaid, stressed and exhausted. Go back to when you started in this business and remember what it is about field maintenance and sports turf management that attracted you in the first place. Was it working outside, being on the fields, or operating equipment and machinery? Maybe field management/groundskeeping has always been your family business, and you take pride in keeping the tradition going. Maybe you have a passion for growing amazing-looking turfgrass. Maybe your goal is to work for a professional sports organization. Maybe you started working at golf courses and switched to sports turf, and you’ve never looked back.
Whatever the reason, make a real effort to remember why you like your job and enjoy what you do.