By Demi Hanes, Trüpp.
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the patios are calling your name. Summer schedules are in full swing. Summertime can be full of FOMO (fear of missing out), but it doesn’t have to be. There can be a balance of getting work done and still enjoying the sunshine. Small benefits can make a big impact. Options such as allowing employees to work remotely, flexible schedules, scheduling company get-togethers, and encouraging employees to go for a walk outside can have a positive effect on productivity.
Flexible work schedules
With busier schedules in the summer, longer days, and kids being out of school, having a flexible work schedule enables employees to be productive with both their work and personal lives. Allowing employees flexible hours to get their work done and the option to work from anywhere has a positive impact on morale, motivation, and productivity.
Employee appreciation and team-building
Employee appreciation events don’t need to be extravagant to be appreciated. Two words: ice cream! Who doesn’t like a delicious treat occasionally? Offer a little midday nosh to your employees to break the routine, encourage socializing, and energize them for the rest of the afternoon. Additionally, hosting a BBQ or scheduling a team-building event is appreciated and builds morale.
Take your work outside
Simply encouraging a walk on a nice day can improve your employee’s moods helping them feel energized for the rest of the day. On that note, take some meetings outside the office. Having a walking meeting or a change of scenery can be equally productive if not more since you are also getting some fresh air.
Summer manager reading list
Managing employees comes with challenges. There’s always new information out there to help you be the best you can be, both professionally and personally. Here’s a reading list that pairs well with sunshine and patios to help you grow this summer while getting plenty of vitamin D.
Summer goes by fast, be creative and find ways for you and your team to enjoy it while balancing a productive work schedule. As the song says, “Here comes the sun (doo doo doo), Here comes the sun, and I say, It’s all right.” (Listen to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles, here)