The holy month of Ramadan is underway and it has certainly changed schedule of Muslims and businesses present in different parts of the globe. Long hours of fasting (that can reach even to around 20 hours in some places), less sleep and others related things change mood of many and it can bring somewhat slowness in any business activity.
Businesses usually run with efforts from workers and their low performance can impact negatively. Especially if a business is in a Muslim country or mostly with Muslim workers then it requires some special steps to run your business effectively. If the situation is changing then it demands accommodation according to the change. This happens with Ramadan also.
Following are few important things that will help you run your business at its maximum capacity while going through Ramadan.
Time is important:
Fasting time begins with start of Morning Prayer and continues till the evening prayer. In summer season, this can last for 17 hours or more which is quite challenging for everyone to do his/her job well. Usually it becomes difficult to give your 100% after 10 to 11 hours of fast.
On the other hand, Muslims get busy in religious duties after breaking their fast in the evening as they would like to perform their special prayer of night. This is also time to rest and it is also not the right time for working hours.
Therefore, the most important tasks should be scheduled in the early hours of fast. The ideal time is early to mid-afternoon. It is the time when you can expect to get complete focus and best attention from your workers or someone with whom you arrange meetings.
Assist employees in working well:
Healthy diet at regular intervals and sleeping for long hours is necessary to perform your duties well. But both these necessities are not achievable during Ramadan. People with fasting have little time between evening and early morning to schedule their eating. Long hours of fasting make it very difficult to attain all your calories and nutrition in a short time while dehydration makes the situation even worse. Apart from that, early morning breakfast (Sahoor) breaks the flow of sleeping and makes it extremely difficult to fulfill sleeping requirement.
In this situation, the employers can assist their fasting staff members by changing working hours that would help them completing their sleep and working at the time when there is enough energy to do the work continuously.
Modern technology has also made things easier and working from home is a possibility in at least some types of job. If that doesn’t hinder the progress of your business, then you can increase potential of your workers by giving them such facility during Ramadan (or at least few days in Ramadan). This will certainly put positive effects on the performance of employees and will assist in smooth growth of your business.
Avail exclusive opportunity:
Ramadan is a unique month that changes normal schedule. But you can take full advantage of this holy month by getting benefits that it provides. Ramadan is the best time for social gatherings where family members, friends, colleagues and business partners gather for iftar parties. These social gatherings provide best opportunities to market your business to new potential clients. This really provides an important opportunity to flourish your business and this is available exclusively in Ramadan.