An annual planning calendar keeps everyone in-the-know and held to account.
Use it as a useful visual tool to set out the expectations and key milestones of the year ahead . You may already have an annual calendar, but if not, this adaptable template is a useful starting point:
Make sure to get your workm8tes' input into what they want to see on the calendar.
Share the calendar with all workers, but also put it up on the noticeboard so that everyone has a visual reminder of what is to come.
And remember to
respect the calendar!
Make time every month to update the calendar if needed.
It is only useful if it is kept up to date and you actually follow it.
Having a clear plan for the year ahead can help manage work demands.
By coordinating activities you avoid duplication of activities and repeating requests on workers' time and can schedule requests to avoid peak periods of work demand.
It is also a useful reminder to do those things we should do but tend to drop off the priority list – like a spring clean or policy review.