HECMA’s 5 for Friday: 5 Ways to Enjoy Summer at Work

Many of us do not have 10 month contracts and therefore miss the opportunity to soak in all of the fun and sun summer has to offer. Although we have vacation time, it is often not enough time to take in all that summer has to offer.

Here are 5 tips for making the most out of your summer while working full time:

  1. Eat lunch outsideLeave your desk or the University dining area and escape to the outdoors. Spend an hour listening to the birds, reading your favorite book, or enjoying this glorious weather. Feeling really outdoorsy? Bring a blanket and have a picnic on a grassy area on campus.
  2. Walking GroupYou are not the only one who is yearning for that summer air. Invite a colleague or two to take walks with you around campus. This will not only lift your spirits but will also integrate exercise into your daily routine.
  3. Outdoor MeetingsAs Case Managers we often handle highly sensitive information when working with students. However, there have been many times when I have offered students the opportunity to meet with me outside and they have welcomed the opportunity. I will often offer this opportunity with students that are doing well and are meeting with me to check in; knowing that the content of our meeting will be low intensity. Many of our students have busy lives and also miss the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.You can extend these outdoor meetings to University staff; they too would enjoy the opportunity.
  4. Arrange for an office picnic or BBQNothing says summer like a BBQ! Pick a mutually agreed upon time with your colleagues to BBQ or picnic on campus during lunch. This will give you the opportunity to take advantage of a typically slow time of year to re-connect with colleagues. Positive relationships with colleagues positively contributes to our own work performance and keep us energized.
  5. Head to the Beach (or your favorite outdoor spot)Pack a bag (beach bag, if the beach is where you’re heading) and go! It typically doesn’t get dark until 8pm, so spend the last hours of daylight at your favorite outdoor location. Enjoy some after work tranquility and get the most out of your Summer!

Lauren Strunk
Case Manager, Student Affairs
Office of the Vice President
Florida Gulf Coast University