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Ever notice that employee productivity tends to drop as the thermometer skyrockets?
Between the heat, fun, and distractions that come with the season, it’s crucial that bosses summer-proof their workplace.
Andrew Filev, CEO of project management application service Wrike,has a few ideas on how employers can keep the summer days from drifting away their employees’ work ethic and motivation:
1. Encourage vacations
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Encourage your workers to take a break this summer. Taking time off actually does wonders for employee productivity, as Business Insider previously reported. And having to deal with burned out, overworked employees would make for a cruel summer indeed.
“Vacations give employees the opportunity to relax and recharge, so they come back refreshed and ready to work,” Filev says. “Plus, promoting work-life balance leads to satisfied employees, and research shows that satisfied employees work harder.”
Turns out, that trip to the beach will zap your workers with more than just UV rays: it’ll recharge their productivity, motivation, and creativity.
2. Set summer goals
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Just because your workers have got summer breeze blowing through the jasmine in their minds doesn’t mean your company should get off track when the weather gets hot.
In fact, establishing specific goals is a crucial part of maintaining productivity in the summer months, which are typically replete with distractions.
“Without proper planning, a string of employee vacations can stall team productivity overall,” Filev says. “Leaders should sit down with their teams and review vacation schedules along with goals for the work that needs to be done so that there is plan that is optimized for the summer schedule. Knowing that they have specific, tangible goals to achieve helps employees stay on track and accountable.”
3. Be flexible
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No one likes sitting around the office on a hot, sunny day.
In the summertime, when the weather is fine, boost team morale by being more flexible about when and where your employees work.
“Hold meetings or team events outdoors, and let your team work remotely and/or leave early on Fridays if you can,” Filev says. “Great employees will appreciate the additional freedom and trust that comes with flexibility.”
Before you scatter your employees to the winds, just make certain your team is prepared to keep up strong communication in order to collaborate from a distance and continue achieving company goals.
4. Have fun
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All work and no play never ends well, so have some fun with your employees this summer.
That doesn’t mean you should force your workers to do cliched trust falls.
“Throw team events and parties, like a BBQ, or an outdoor retreat, like white water rafting,” Filev says. “Hold competitions. Sponsor team outings and happy hours. There are countless ways to mix up the work week with activities that bring your employees closer together. These activities will not only boost employee happiness and celebrate the summer, but also set your team up to be more productive and engaged over the long-term.”
Organize a team building event outdoors. Your employees will be happy to be outside, and you’ll be happy to see them bond with one another and become more engaged in the organization.