For just about any business in the world, the general upkeep of functions, employees and capabilities during down periods will determine future success. For most businesses, there are periods of high interest followed by calmer waters. For example, if you have already explained that you will have a new product release in 4 months time you will have 2 months of excitement after it also. Altogether you have half a year of high interest and the other half will be when you’re going about general business duties and undertaking exciting projects that the public may not know about. During this time when things are calm, is when general maintenance happens to see where you could improve. On the other hand, it's also a challenge in itself to maintain high standards and not let them drop off despite the business not being in high gear.
Keep managers focused
During uncertain times, things can get stressful for managers. This level of stress is slightly dampened during a downtime period where normal duties presume. Therefore, you need to keep your managers interested throughout this time so their skills do not lessen. Mentor each of your managers by talking to them personally about their growth as a manager, their faults and their strengths. This will show them the mistakes they made in previous months and allow them to think about their actions in the future. You may not know it, but this is a way to maintain their focus on their responsibilities and also their obligation to keep improving in their position of sub-leader.
Practical and technical
When things are going okay but not hectic in your business, it's now the time to make sure all your practical and technical equipment is working to the utmost. For example, a car manufacturer may sell a lot of cars between January and August but as the second half of the year comes in, the orders and sales start to slow down. Now should be the time when you make changes to your equipment to help and improve your business without disrupting it during a high time. Another example would be an industrial trucking company using lubricants from New Era Fuels to give their engines the best oil. The Titan series of oils are among the most common choices. This oil will maintain the capabilities of the engine, keep it strong and able to pull just as much freight as it could when it was brand new.
Invite to dinner
No one wants to be that person that only says hi when they need another person for something. During periods of business where things are going smooth and you’re not preparing for a big launch of seasonal sales etc, then you should invite your business partners out to dinner. Maintain a healthy relationship with them by doing this and socializing to show you are more than just colleagues or partners in the professional sense.
There are many ways of maintenance that you can do for your business. Whether it's with people. industrial machines or even a business ethos you need to use your downtime wisely and improve where you can.