If you can't Stand the Heat, you Need to Have a Plan

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If you can't Stand the Heat, you Need to Have a Plan

Most of us look forward to the long, warm, sunny days of summer. However, it’s not so great when the temperatures rise to such a degree that it’s a challenge to perform everyday activities. 

Now, as you know, I have a tendency to take everyday issues and try and relate them to a business setting. So, I looked at Health Canada’s website to see what advice they give for dealing with a summer heat wave. Maybe I could apply them to situations in the workplace when “the heat is on”? 

Under their section on Safety Tips, I came across these words of advice: 

Prepare for the heat - In business, there should always be a plan in place to deal with times of crisis – if you don’t have one – make one. 

Pay close attention to how you and those around you feel - In business, see how times of stress are affecting your employees. By keeping them in the know as to what is going on and how it’s being dealt with can alleviate some of their anxiety. 

Stay Hydrated - In business, keep providing the support that’s needed, so that employees don’t flag and become overwhelmed. 

Stay Cool - In business, this is not a time to panic. Look at the situation calmly and tell yourself it’s just a hitch and with a calm head you can get through it. 

Avoid exposure to extreme heat when outdoors - I’m not sure about being outdoors, but, if you can pre-empt any issues that might occur, try and nip them in the bud, before you enter the crisis stage. If you don’t see it coming, stay focused, get advice and above all, be flexible. 

One other thing I feel worth mentioning, for some people this time of year can cause an increase in symptoms for many conditions. As Lauren Gelmen writes, in The Reader’s Digest, these include Eczema, Asthma, Migraines, Rosacea, Autoimmune Diseases and even kidney stones. 

Try to keep this in mind, some of your employees may be dealing with more serious issues than you know and not everyone is rejoicing in the thought of those long, hot summer days and nights.

About the Author

Martin Parnell is the Best-Selling author of MARATHON QUEST and RUNNING TO THE EDGE and his final book in the Marathon Trilogy, THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport, was released on October 30th 2018. He speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Full Potential” and has written for, or been covered by CNNBBCCBCThe Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s.

In a five year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. In 2016 he ran the Marathon of Afghanistan in support of Afghan women and girls running for equality. Find out more about Martin at www.martinparnell.com  and see what he can do for you in the long run.

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