Keeping your employees engaged in the summer months can sometimes be a challenge for business owners. It doesn’t have to be. Motivating employees during the summer months can be a great way to maintain productivity and boost morale.
According to a study by Captivate Office Pulse, “employee productivity drops by 20% during the summer. Projects also take 13% longer to complete. The study also found that 45% of workers are more distracted and workplace attendance drops by more than 19%.”
The team at ClarityHR is here to help you with some great ideas to keep your team on track during the summer months.
Provide your employees with the option to adjust their working hours or offer flexible work arrangements such as remote work or compressed work weeks. This allows them to make the most of the sunny weather and enjoy summer activities.
Plan outdoor team-building activities or outings such as picnics, hikes, or sports events. These activities promote teamwork, foster relationships among colleagues, and provide a refreshing break from the regular work routine.
Acknowledge and reward outstanding performance during the summer months. It can be through a simple thank-you note, public recognition, or even small incentives like gift cards or extra time off. This boosts motivation and encourages employees to strive for excellence.
Provide summer-related perks to show appreciation for your employees. This can include things like casual dress codes, ice cream socials, or organizing BBQ lunches. Such perks create a more relaxed and enjoyable work atmosphere.
Encourage your employees to take vacations or time off to recharge and enjoy the summer. Make sure there is a clear process in place for requesting and approving time off and try to accommodate their preferences as much as possible. We have all been guilty of getting to the end of a year and realizing that we didn’t take enough vacation time. Time off from the daily grind can help re-energize employees.
In a study published by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, employees at companies with gym access manage their time better and feel more productive. Physical activity helps workers concentrate on the days when they have physical activities. Encouraging employees to go for a walk or do something else in the morning will help them focus. Not only in the summer months but year-round.
Offer opportunities for professional growth and development during the summer. This could be through training programs, workshops, or encouraging employees to attend conferences or webinars related to their field.
Remember that every workplace is unique, so consider tailoring these suggestions to fit the specific needs and culture of your organization. ClarityHR is here to help with ideas to make your work environment the best it can be throughout the year. Contact us today to brainstorm things you can do for your summer productivity!