I fondly remember the excitement when school was almost out and you couldn’t wait to hear Alice Cooper sing, “School’s out for summer!” It was a great feeling knowing that the next few months you didn’t have the responsibilities of school, you could sleep in and spend your time having fun with friends and family.
Unfortunately, there is no classic song saying, “Work’s out for summer.” Sure, most employees take a vacation for a few days or a week, but they no longer have those summer months to relax and rejuvenate. It’s only natural for employees to relish in the dog days of summer and let their mind wander to beaches and umbrella drinks. While it may seem harmless, these daydreams come at a price for the employer because work productivity takes a hit. This is known as the “summertime slump.”
So what can you do to keep your employees motivated and productivity up? Here are some of the do’s and don’ts.
DO: BE FLEXIBLE
Many businesses offer a flexible schedule during the summer months. Allowing employee to work remotely a day or two a week and shortened “summer Fridays” are examples. This can be an easy and inexpensive approach that allows employees some extra time to enjoy the summer months without sacrificing work productivity.
DON’T: BE RIGID
Show your employees that you care about their life outside the office and don’t be too rigid with their schedules. While flexible schedules may not be a viable option for all of your employees, it is an added benefit that could create a lot of goodwill.
DO: EMBRACE SUMMER
Keep your employees happy and engaged by incorporating events into your calendar for the summer. Activities like a company picnic, ice cream break or a company sponsored sports outing gives your employees a chance to socialize with co-workers outside of the workplace.
DON’T: TREAT THE SUMMER MONTHS LIKE ANY OTHER TIME OF YEAR
Keep an open mind about activities that can be implemented during the summer months so that employees can feel a sense of rejuvenation from their day to day work tasks. If you implement summer events don’t make them mandatory. These company activities should be encouraged but optional. Remember, your motivation for such events is to show your employees a good time so they can return to work refreshed even during the distracting summertime slump.
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