It’s Summertime and the Work is Easy?
Most people grew up counting down the days until school ended and summer vacation began. A Captivate Network study found that workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months. “Projects take 13 percent longer to complete and workers are 45 percent more distracted.”
Knowing that people are more distracted during the summertime, you can take preemptive steps to motivate employees when the weather heats up.
Communicate with Employees
Ask your staff what would make their summers better. Would flex time be more useful than having every other Friday off? What do they think about mandatory summer vacations? Begin a dialogue about what summer expectations are so managers can adjust accordingly for the season.
One of the most effective ways to motivate employees during the summer is to offer them opportunities to rearrange their schedules.
That could mean later start times on certain days, work from home shifts, or working four 10-hour days and taking Mondays/Fridays off.
Make it easier for your employees to spend extra time enjoying the summer weather with their friends and family.
Encourage teams to take some time away from the office to work together on a volunteer project. The sense of accomplishment that the team feels after they’ve completed a major task for a nonprofit organization will make a noticeable difference in the overall mood of these employees.
Eat lunch outside with your staff during the summer.
Set up some picnic tables and host a picnic potluck, encouraging employees to bring in fun foods for an outdoor lunch. Or once a week, everyone can bring in their own lunches to eat picnic-style with their colleagues and managers. Find creative ways to gather your staff together for meals throughout the summer to ensure everyone is well-fed for the work ahead.
Team Building Activities
When people are slogging to complete projects, get them out of their seats and actively working together in creative, non-work related ways. Use games and challenges to stimulate thinking, encourage communication, and strengthen team bonds.
If you can host a meeting sitting outside rather than in a conference room, do it.
While it might seem counterproductive, the fresh air will have a positive effective on unmotivated employees.
Allow people to bask in the warm summer sun while working together. Shaking things up by moving venues might encourage new ideas that could work to your benefit.
Launch Employee Recognition Programs
Your business has considered starting an employee recognition program, and there is no better time to launch it than during the summer.
It’s an excellent way to motivate employees to power through their work, regardless of the season. Be sure to reward them with certificates and other formal methods of recognition to make your program a successful motivational tool.