Ways to Keep Your Staff Motivated During The Summer

Focus and productivity doesn’t have to go out the window as soon as summer arrives. Here’s some tips on how to keep your team motivated during the summer months.

Summer is on the way, and its great to see the sunshine turning up a couple of weeks earlier than usual in Ireland. The summer feeling is alive and well in the office. This can often bring about a more relaxed and sometimes less focused attitude in your staff. So, what can you do, as a company owner or manager, to keep your staff motivated and ensure continued productivity for the company? Here’s a few suggestions from CSA Personnel Consultants.

Events- hold a summer event and if the weather allows, take it outside. Expand the event beyond employees only, encourage them to bring along their family. Events are also a great way of building team spirit often resulting in better employee engagement.

Communication– Keep your employees or team members in the loop. Make sure that if someone is on holiday leave everyone knows who is the ‘point of contact’ while that person is away or who is looking after the key duties normally fulfilled by that employee. Hold weekly meetings with the team and ensure everyone knows what is expected of them and what the deliverables are for the week.

Explore flexible working hours – Ever thought of introducing a ‘summer hours policy’ as a perk of the job! Basically, you could allow staff to work the same number of hours but starting and finishing earlier than the normal 9-5. Of course, this would have to be managed so that the business does not suffer, but you might be surprised at how motivated your staff can be at getting the job done if they want to leave the office early. Flexible working hours can boost staff moral and get rid of that feeling of ‘missing out’, especially in Ireland when it shines on workdays only!

Relax the dress code – if possible allow staff to dress casually for a day a week. It will give employees a break from the often ‘stuffiness’ of formal office wear. However, you will have to set out clearly what is acceptable ‘causal dress’ – after all you are running a business and how your staff present themselves will reflect on your business, especially customer facing personnel.

To summarise, try and bring the sunshine into the office – you’d be surprised how it can affect staff morale and ultimately productivity. The culture of an organisation can make a massive difference to how you attract and retain employees. Developing a positive culture in your company is largely up to you.

At CSA Personnel Consultants we believe the culture of a company combined with the right people doing the job that is right for them can make a huge difference to a company’s bottom line.

Sam Nicholson
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