With the prospect of beach trips and BBQs around every corner, it can be tough for businesses to keep employees engaged during the dog days of summer. But just because the sun is shining outside doesn’t mean that the work stops. That’s why it’s important for businesses to get creative during summer and give employees a reason to come into the office and continue to work hard. Here are 6 tips on how to do just that.
Plan Office Outings
Break up the monotony of the work week with barbecues, ice cream socials, office outings to outdoor places, or movie lunches. Even if they’re not outside, these “parties” will help your employees stay relaxed and in good spirits. These outings are also an opportunity to get to know your colleagues better.
Encourage Employees to Take Vacation
With so many kids off from school, the summer is always the most popular time to take a vacation. Reward your employees for their hard work during the other seasons by encouraging them to go on vacation, even if it’s only for a few days. A break will allow them to reboot and come back motivated to work even harder. Just remember to check schedules in advance so that you’re not left shorthanded when half your staff picks the same week to go away.
This might not be the BEST idea if you live in, say, Florida. But if you live in a place where being outside isn’t a health hazard, then having an occasional meeting outside offers a nice change of pace. The fresh air might even inspire some new ideas. Just be sure to keep everyone hydrated!
Many employees try to take advantage of the summer weather by getting in better shape. Support these employees by offering wellness programs or forming a company softball team. This way employees get to meet their goals while also participating in team building exercises.
Be More Flexible with Work Schedules
Vacations are expensive, and not every employee will be able to afford to take one. However, that doesn’t mean people want to be stuck in an office on a sunny day. That’s why so many companies today offer “Summer Fridays,” allowing employees to take the occasional Friday off or leave early. As long as the work still gets done, reward your employees by encouraging them to enjoy the warm weather.
Set Summer Goals
Vacations and half-days are all great, but you can’t lose focus – your business still needs to make money or else everyone is going to be on perpetual summer. Help keep your employees on task by giving them a very specific set of business goals they must meet before the end of the summer. These could include sales goals or one-off projects with strictly defined instructions.