As a manager of people, it’s vital to anticipate employee needs and keep everybody engaged and motivated to do their jobs. When the days last long and the heat index rises, it’s up to you to help keep your team from getting hot under the collar. Here’s some quick tips you can employ during the months when everyone wants to be anywhere but at work.Meet outdoors
If at all possible, take your meeting outside. There’s nothing worse than seeing the sun shining outside an office window when you’re stuck inside. Many corporate campuses have beautifully manicured outdoor settings where employees can gather for an outdoor session. Often a quick break in fresh air and sunshine revitalize sluggish employees and help them be more productive when back inside.
Ice Cream Runs
Ice cream can go a long way to keep people happy. Treat employees to a weekly ice cream run. Each week have a different employee choose their favorite destination for the sweet stuff and when the order arrives employees are free to go outside and enjoy the treat.
Introduce Summer Friday Hours
As long as work is completed, offer employees the benefit of leaving the office at 3 on Fridays. Nothing feels better than to get the weekend started off early and your employees will be more motivated to work harder during their time in the office.
Summer Fun Raffle
Create a summer fun raffle lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day where everyone is in a drawing for a sleep-in day, long lunch or early dismissal. Each week winners are announced and plan it so everyone wins something at least a couple times per season.
Reward employees with Incentives
If you’re an organization that sets sales goals, make it fun. If you’re goal is to reach $200,000 in a particular time period, then when the goal has been reached, reward employees with $200 each and take them shopping.
Take your team to an afternoon baseball game, movie or off campus-brainstorming session. Foot the bill for the refreshments during these outings.
After-work Happy Hours
Gather employees for an after work happy hour. Have managers buy a couple rounds to get everyone off to a good start and watch the camaraderie build.
Lunch with the Boss
Take an employee out to lunch at a place of his/her choice. Keep work talk to a minimum and use the time to find out more about the employee’s interests, hobbies and family.
Impromptu Time Off
Choose an afternoon to send an email announcing, “It’s a beautiful day. Go enjoy it!” and send everyone home.
Make Your Employees Use Their Vacation Days
Over 40% of employees do not use all their vacation days each year for the fear of coming back to a mountain of work they left behind. Create a way to spread their workload and encourage your employees to get out of the office and make the most of their summer days.
Everybody Up! has a variety of motivational workshops to create more enthusiasm and engagement in the workplace. Call us now and check out the many ways we can help you create happy, loyal employees.
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