Avoid a summer slowdown at your propane business

April 19, 2018 By    

Photo courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council

When the weather is cold and your team is busy, everyone is engaged and your labor efficiency is at its peak. But when the weather clears, that pace begins to slow and we think that we have all summer to get things done. Your peak-season profits then begin to drain away because it is human nature to stretch out the summer tasks to fill the time available.

Instead, get right to work on your summer projects and finish them early. What’s the rush? We have all summer. However, when we front-load our calendars and complete projects early, we make ourselves available for new opportunities, which often materialize unexpectedly. If we are bogged down when those new opportunities present themselves, it could mean delays or lost business.

Keep a sense of urgency in your off-season. Post who is responsible for which task and when it is to be completed. Check their progress weekly. Being productive in the off-season can only be accomplished if it is intentionally managed. When you make the effort to improve your summer production levels, your staff will be ready for those new opportunities.

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About the Author:

Clara Richter was a managing editor at LP Gas magazine.

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