While almost everyone will be able to enjoy the warm weather and vacation time this summer, some employers know this time of year can mean a slump in employee motivation and productivity. Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce and author of The Crowdsourced Performance Review has suggestions for how companies can be just as productive during the summer as they are during the rest of the year.Here are Mosley’s seven tips for keeping employees motivated during the summer months.Eric Mosley is CEO of Globoforce, a Southborough-based company that specializes in workplace recognition solutions. Globoforce helps companies understand the value of employee recognition and offers tools to help engage all employees and appreciate co-workers on a daily basis.
Encourage time off
“Taking time off to recharge is an important part of staying motivated at work,’’ says Mosley. While it may seem counter-productive, encourage your employees to plan time away from work to rest and rejuvenate. “Encouraging a work-life balance for employees is crucial, particularly in the summer.’’
If you aren’t able to offer flexible work schedules, your employees can enjoy the season in other ways. Host a cook-out during lunch or have an ice cream social. Taking a break is great way to recharge – together. “Happiness may sound a bit soft and squishy to many executives, but the numbers behind it are anything but,’’ says Mosley. “Investing in the happiness of your employees will pay dividends in engagement, productivity and yes, retention.’’
Schedule a company outing
Company-sponsored group activities, like a baseball game or community service project, are great things to do together and will help to build team spirit. “People want to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves—whether it is the team, the company or the community at large,’’ says Mosley.
Take advantage of the warm weather
“Give your employees a chance to enjoy the weather while they are at work, and they won’t feel like they are missing out on it by being inside,’’ says Mosley. If possible, create an outdoor seating area where employees can take a break or have lunch. Or, instead of holding your weekly team meeting in your regular conference room, hold it outside. These activities will help make employees happier, and thus more engaged.
Lead by example
If you expect your employees to be engaged, motivated and productive throughout the summer, then you as an employer need to be too! “Managers’ behavior is key to a company’s culture,’’ says Mosley. “When habits start at the top of the organization, they’re all the more contagious.’’
Set summer goals
Long-term goals are crucial because they give employees an understanding of where the organization is headed in the future, but setting short-term goals over the summer are just as important. “Employees like to know how their roles are playing a part in achieving company goals,’’ says Mosley. “Giving them an immediate and meaningful target to work toward over the summer is a great way to boost productivity.’’
Recognize summer productivity
Employees love to be thanked and recognized for their efforts. According to Globoforce’s 2014 Workforce Mood Tracker survey, 86 percent of employees said that getting recognized for their efforts motivated them in their job. So, thank your employees throughout the summer, and make sure they know that you appreciate their hard work. “Personally recognizing and thanking employees for their hard work is the ultimate way of maintaining motivation throughout the summer,’’ says Mosley.