Magazine article USA TODAY

Workplace Cues from Back-to-School Checklists

Magazine article USA TODAY

Workplace Cues from Back-to-School Checklists

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It's that time of year again: Students everywhere are trading their swimsuits, sandals, and carefree days for text books, backpacks, and class schedules. While the transition may not be as dramatic for professionals, many nevertheless will face a noticeable shift from casual, laid-back summer workdays, with increased vacations and reduced demands, to the more conservative, fast-paced fall workplace.

"The office environment tends to become more serious and focused after Labor Day," notes Diane Domeyer, executive director of Office-Team, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals. "Similar to students heading back to school, employees must shift gears to match changing work styles and demands. As companies strive to meet year-end goals, this is an opportune time for professionals to increase efficiency and organization in preparation for rising workloads."

Domeyer offers a checklist to help employees effectively transition from summer mode to fall:

Arrange a parent-teacher conference. Now is an ideal time to meet with your supervisor to discuss your work performance and determine specific goals for the year ahead. Demonstrate initiative by requesting and preparing for the meeting. …

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