During the summer months, it can be harder than normal to keep employees focused and motivated on their job. From the kids being out of school to beautiful weather and summer vacation plans at bay, keeping employees motivated during summer months can be another job in of itself for some managers.
According to this article we found on BusinessInsider.com, here are 7 tips for keeping your employees motivated this summer.
- Offer Personal Days. Some companies only provide sick days and holidays, so employees who want to take a day off have to feign being sick. No one likes making (or getting) these phone calls. Be honest about the situation and turn your sick days into sick/personal days so employees can feel better about taking a day off.
- Institute Summer Hours. If your business’s workload permits, offering a schedule where employees get every Friday afternoon or every other Friday afternoon off in the summer is a huge morale-booster (and also helps eliminate those fake sick days). If your workload doesn’t permit that, letting employees work four, 10-hour days with Fridays off during the summer can be a great way to give your staff more flexibility. (Make sure you are not breaking any laws with regard to overtime.)
- Reward Employees With Comp Time. Comp time off is especially appreciated in the summer. Rewarding employees for their accomplishments with comp time can help motivate them to work harder.
- Offer Flextime. If you don’t already offer flextime, summer can be a good time to try it out. Before offering flextime, think through any problems it might cause in terms of scheduling, ensuring adequate coverage among employees. It’s important to be fair and offer flextime options to all employees within a certain category. For instance, while you may not offer it to all employees unilaterally, you can’t offer it to some managers and not others, or to some salespeople and not others.
- Offer Remote Work Options. Depending on what your business does, it’s likely many of your employees could easily do their jobs from home or outside the office at least part of the time. As with flextime, think through your remote work policy before you implement it. Let employees know that remote work is a privilege, not a right, and institute checks and balances so you know work is really getting done.
- Have Fun. Even if you can’t offer employees time off or the other perks mentioned above, get into the summer spirit. Hold seasonal company events like a company picnic, beach party with family members, Friday BBQ lunches or Friday afternoon ice cream sundaes.
- Use Downtime Wisely. If your business slows down a bit in summer, as many do, use the time well. Take care of business tasks you don’t have time for during the normal rush of the workweek. Or consider taking a vacation yourself. After all, it’s not just employees who get summer fever.
Summertime doesn’t have to be a time of inefficiency and lack of production in the workplace. But mixing it up and keeping your employees motivated, happy and excited to come to work is a great way to not only improve the overall mood around the office, but it’s a great way to even increase the success of your company!
Photo Credit: smallbiztrends.com