Creative Solutions for Helping Employees Stay Focused
Nothing can bring a small business’s efficient production to a halt like a hot and sunny day. On these days, employees are usually either daydreaming about laying out in the sun and soaking in their pools, or they are lethargic and tired due to the oppressive heat.
And when such a day happens to also be a Friday, then you can really count your blessings if anything gets accomplished at all.
Luckily, there are ways to keep your employees motivated and focused even on the hottest days of the year. Here are ten ways to help your employees stay productive throughout the sunny days of spring, summer, or fall.
#1 – Offer Summer Work Schedules
Depending on the type of business you have, you may be able to adjust the work day schedule so your employees can come to work a little earlier and therefore, they can leave a little earlier. This will help your employees avoid summer traffic jams, and help them remain active and engaged in the afternoons because quitting time will be right around the corner.
#2 – Take a Break From the Dress Code
If you see on the weather report that Friday is going to be sweltering, post a notice or send out a company-wide tweet or email notifying your employees that due to Friday’s heat wave, casual clothing will be permitted.
#3 – Bring in Refreshments
Employees love special treats, especially when they do not have to pay for them. When the mercury is rising, hire an ice cream truck to stop by and have everyone enjoy an ice-cold treat, on the company. Doing this at random times will have everyone’s spirits jumping through the roof when they see the ice cream truck roll up.
#4 – Pay for Lunch
This might be similar to #3, but it has a much wider effect. When you spring for your employees’ lunches, it builds a remarkable loyalty and appreciation in them. It might not be cost-efficient to do it often, but simply doing it every once in a while will be well worth the cost.
#5 – Offer Employee Incentives
To prevent sales or performance from lagging during the dog days of summer, try offering incentives to boost the morale and competitiveness of your workforce. You can offer rewards like free massages, free lunches, gift cards, or an extra personal day.
#6 – Encourage Your Employees to Take a Walk
Walking not only raises the body’s serotonin levels, but it also helps you stay awake and mentally sharp. If you notice an employee who has not gotten up from her desk all morning, encourage her to take a break and go for a quick walk. She will be amazed at how much better she feels when she returns to her desk.
#7 – Hold a Meeting Outside the Office
If you have a meeting scheduled on what appears to be a slow day, try having that meeting outside of the office. Have it at a nearby park instead, if pavilions are available.
#8 – Plan a Company Picnic
In the 1950s and 1960s, the annual company picnic was practically standard. During these picnics, employees and their families got together for some recreation and barbeque, and the company that one worked for became an extension of their family.
Lasting friendships were made, and employees really got to know each other in a different way. It is about time that tradition was restored.
#9 – Offer Remote Work Options
If your business allows it, offering employees the opportunity to work remotely (from home) can be a great boost to productivity and morale, especially in the summer months when children are home from school.
Providing a working mother with the flexibility of working from home will help save her babysitting costs, and from having to take time off when the kids are sick. For that, she will be a harder-working and loyal employee.
#10 – Offer Employee Development Programs
It is not uncommon for most businesses to suffer a decline in production during June, July, and August, so use that time wisely and give your employees a chance to better themselves through certain development programs.
Classes and training programs can be scheduled during the slow season that will pay off huge dividends with smarter, more capable employees once business picks back up again.
[Photo Credit: Upstate New York Autumn Getaways]