Help Your Staff Beat The Summertime Blues
Written by Geoff Newman on 8/12/2014
For many people, the start of summer can bring the “school’s out” feeling. The days are longer, the weather is hotter and outdoor activities are in full swing. However, for employees, work must go on no matter how lovely the weather outside is. With, temperatures rising and staff taking annual leave it can be hard to keep employees focused. That’s why at Recruitment Genius we’ve got some great tips on how to keep your staff motivated throughout the season.
Take your team out
You could give employees the chance to enjoy the hot weather at work so they don’t feel like they’re missing out by being in the office. Perhaps you could host a picnic outside or take staff out for lunch. Taking a break from the office and treating your staff is a great way to recharge. Investing in uplifting your employees’ mood could pay dividends in engagement, motivation and productivity.
Set summer goals
Setting short-term goals for over the summer are important in maintaining staff productivity. Giving them a target to work towards will help ensure they stay on track whilst preventing them from daydreaming about lying out in the sun.
Cross train staff
If some of your employees have taken time off then you can use this as an opportunity to train up your other staff. By doing this you could distract your employees with the learning of new skills. You could even schedule training programmes during this season. This will benefit staff by feeling like they have a purpose to work during the summer. Furthermore it will help your business grow smarter.
Offer flexibility in working hours
Depending on the type of business you have, you may be able to adjust the work start and finish times. You could close slightly earlier on a Friday or let people come in early and finish early. Some offices even let employees work an hour longer Monday through to Thursday and then take a half day on a Friday. If this could be implemented in your business then it s a no-cost way to help boost morale.
Allow staff to work remotely
Furthermore you could offer staff the option to work from home. This may be favourable for parents as they can balance their work and home life during the school holidays. As long as you measure productivity and keep in contact with them, the option to work in their garden is a perk that would be appreciated.
It’s probably fair to say that most staff work hard and often work beyond their allotted weekly hours. Therefore by giving them a little something back could really help keep staff happy and motivated throughout their working day.