Unlike school, the workplace doesn't have a summer break, and with the summer in full swing and colleagues' vacations abounding, staying focused at work can prove to be difficult. But, the summer time can actually be the perfect time to revitalize and get motivated.
Here are 5 great tips to motivate employees, and keep them happy and productive all summer long.
#1 Unleash the Creative Beasts - Drive results and ROI through the roof by allowing employees to experiment on new, work-related projects during company time. Developing virtual laboratories as a means for innovation can be a great way to explore new technologies and have a lot of fun.
#2 Take the Carrot Approach - Work can be stressful, and stress can have a negative impact on your health. Ensure that your employees have time to stay healthy by implementing a wellness program. Encourage walking or jogging programs and offer healthy food and snacks in the office. Successful wellness programs save money by reducing healthcare spending, increase productivity, improve morale and improve the quality of life for employees.
#3 Friendly Competition - Contests are a fun way to encourage employee engagement, and to promote fresh ideas and employee empowerment. Give your employees the opportunity to display their favorite vacation photos, win sweet parking spaces, event tickets, or even lunch with the boss. A little inter-office rivalry can be a great way communicate that employee engagement is a critical component in creating great customer experiences.
#4 Take it to the Streets - Warm weather tends to take people outdoors. Why not do good deeds and enjoy the sun? Employers should use this time to promote corporate citizenship. Encouraging employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work, through company sponsored volunteer projects can have a tremendous impact on the employee and your business
#5 Focus on Team Building - A team that understands and respects each other's contributions is an effective team. Summer can be the perfect time to plan team building events, develop team projects, and coordinate group brainstorming sessions. Create an environment where employees feel free to share their ideas and collaborate.
While summer can be a time to relax and take a break, business must go on. Don't let that "schools out" feeling, dull employee productivity. Use these great tips to boost the morale of your hard-working employees, and watch the rewards roll in.
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