Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Keep Your Employees Motivated in the Summer Months


The weather is getting hotter, the kids are out of school, and with the celebration of the first day of summer on June 21st, motivation in the office can take a dip over the next couple of months. While it may not necessarily show up in numbers, the summertime definitely takes a toll on your employees and their work ethic.

It may be hard to combat the listlessness that comes with the hotter weather and the vacation time that employees take this time of year, but there are a few things you can do in the office to help motivate your employees during the dog days of summer.

Offer lunch. One of the greatest ways to improve on morale in the office is the simple act of providing lunch for your employees. Bring in lunch to the office one Friday, or take your team out. Getting out of the office for an hour is a great way to help your employees stay motivated, and a good way to show your appreciation for their hard work.

Consider a less strict dress code. When the temperatures creep into the triple digits, consider a more casual approach to the company dress code. When your employees feel comfortable in their clothes, they will feel comfortable at work, and more willing to tackle projects, even if the weather is sweltering.

Bring in a sweet (and frozen!) treat. It’s been proven that awarding your employees with food is a sure-fire way to motivate. Consider bringing in popsicles or arranging for an ice cream truck to be brought to the office to boost your company’s spirits.

Offer flexible hours. Consider allowing your employees to work earlier in the morning so they can leave a little earlier in the day, beating the summertime rush hour, especially on Fridays. If your company allows, offering the chance for your employees to work remotely will give them an appreciation for you and your company, in turn giving them the drive the provide quality work.

There are a myriad of ways that you can boost your employees’ morale during the summer months. Get creative, keep in mind what would work best for your company and employees, and enjoy the warmer weather.

Sources:

Dog Days of Summer: 5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Motivated

10 Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated Through Sunny Days

How to Keep Employees Motivated in the Summer Months

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