As the sun starts shining we all start thinking of ways we can enjoy ourselves, and being at work isn’t normally one of them. Whether it is laying out in the sun, watching the clouds go by, or taking a dip in a nice cool swimming pool, the summer season can bring a business to a halt.
For the business owner, or manager, there are a number of ways which you can motivate your staff through these long hot summer days, weeks and months.
Here are seven great ways to keep staff motivated:
Change the work schedules
Rather than the typical 9 to 5, as Dolly Parton once sang, your business may have the capacity to change shift patterns or working hours. During the hot summer months, employees tend to be more efficient when it is cooler, so think about starting and finishing your employees a little earlier. Alternatively, if your business allows it, have your staff start later in the day, so they have the morning to enjoy the sunshine. Either way, offering them alternative working hours will help improve their working environment meaning they are more productive.
Air condition the working environment
Another option available to you is to hire air conditioning units or to have ducted air conditioning units ready to use. If you choose this, then the working environment will be nice and cool, ensuring that your staff can work in a comfortable environment will help motivate them.
Change of attire
If you have a strict approach to your company’s dress code, this could have a bad impact on your staffs efficiency during hot periods. Try taking a more relaxed approach. If you know the weather is going to be especially warm, test casual attire keep your staff motivated.
Readily available refreshments
There is nothing like an ice cold ice-cream on a hot summers day to keep spirits high. With this in mind, buy a round of ice cream treats at random times or ask for the local ice cream truck to make stops during work hours, so your staff can buy an ice cold treat themselves.
Longer lunch breaks
Do not just think about this as an unproductive time during the day, instead think about it as a team building session. A break away from the office, or other work, environment can do wonders for your staffs spirit. A happy employee is a productive employee.
During long and hot periods productivity may drop and morale drop. If this sounds like your business, try offering extra incentives for attendance and productivity. These incentives come in many different shapes and forms, test each out to see how these motivate your staff and encourage participation.
Take regular breaks and exercise
Hot days, weeks and even months may mean that the working environment becomes a bit stagnant. Offer your employees the chance to break up their day by taking more regular, shorter breaks. Encourage them to take short walks outside, so they get to enjoy the weather during their hours of work.