School’s out, the sun is shining and your employees’ focus is fading. With the summer months ahead, it’s only natural for employees to begin lacking motivation and daydreaming of vacation. As a manager, it’s your job to devise a strategy to keep your employees engaged in their work. Here are a few ideas to consider when developing a summer strategy to keep your employees engaged.
Empathizing with employees’ desires to take time off for vacation or to spend time with family during the summer will keep them motivated. When employees feel overworked and underappreciated, their work suffers. Studies prove that there are numerous benefits to taking time off work, including higher productivity, stronger workplace morale, greater employee retention and significant health benefits. Ask employees about their summer vacation plans and work with them to make sure they happen.
In addition to encouraging your employees to take time off, remind them to plan their vacation days in advance so you can be sure there will be enough staff coverage throughout the summer. Consider reminding your employees of how vacation requests are handled. Begin working with your team members on the summer schedule in advance so everyone can get the vacation time they requested.
Set Summer Goals
Summertime at the office is often slower paced and more relaxed, which can make it more challenging for employees to find the motivation to meet deadlines and goals. Consider setting specific benchmarks to keep employees on their toes and offer incentives to encourage productivity. If employees reach (or surpass) their goals, reward them with extra days off, bonuses, concert tickets, frequent flyer miles or other summer-related prizes.
Consider Summer Hours
Depending on the nature of your business, consider implementing more flexible summer hours. For instance, allow employees to take off or work remotely on Fridays. Some employers rotate the employees who staff the office on Fridays to enable this flexibility. You could also consider giving employees the option to work longer hours one day and shorter hours the next, or even allow them take one day off each week, as long as they’ve worked a full 40-hour week. Not only will your employees appreciate the flexibility and extra time off, but it will also make their hours in the office more productive.
Take Work Outside
This one is as simple as it gets. Allow employees to enjoy the summer weather by holding meetings outdoors or planning company picnics and cookouts. These events are a great way to bring summer to the workplace and build office comradery.
Overall, instead of making employees choose between summer fun or working, help them do both. They’ll be more motivated to work if some free time is offered in return.
ITAC Solutions is a recruiting firm headquartered in Birmingham with additional offices in Atlanta, Huntsville, Mobile and Nashville. ITAC specializes in the temporary, contract, and direct placement of accounting, information technology, corporate and administrative professionals.