3 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement During the Summer
We get it.
We’ve been there too.
It’s warm outside and your thoughts are likely somewhere far, far away from the office.
Maybe you’re reading this article right now because you’re procrastinating from tackling the many projects on your to-do list. Even my mind has wandered while writing this.
As Temperatures Rise, Employee Engagement Drops
A recent study by Captive Network found that workplace productivity dropped 20% in the summer months, while attendance dropped 19%. Workers are also 45% more likely to be distracted.
Your employees are surely struggling with the same issues too. If productivity between Memorial Day through Labor Day is a concern to you, then read on.
There are ways to help stave off the summer slump. The things that motivate employees during the non-summer months should be amplified now:
- a positive work environment
- an abundance of appreciation
- (controlled) freedom
Kick-Off A Charitable Initiative
Summer is the perfect time to launch a charitable initiative.
It’s warm outside and employees are itching for something more to do, might as well make it be for a good cause.
In addition to giving back to the community, philanthropic projects can help employees feel more connected to your company and good about themselves and their co-workers. It’s best to choose an organization and a mission that is aligned with your employees’ and the company’s interests.
Balance Point’s own charitable foundation, The Orange Branch, plans many opportunities during the year, particularly during the summer months.
One such event, that has become a Balance Point tradition, is Christmas in July. First the team meets at a toy store with shopping lists in hand to purchase toys for a local children’s charity or hospital. Then comes the payoff: delivering the items to the organization, which offers a chance to witness first-hand the good that comes out of doing good.
Organize A Team-Building Event
Team-building activities not only bond employees, but also motivate them, creating a more positive work environment. And they don’t need to cost a lot of money to execute.
Whether it’s a scavenger hunt, trivia game, or any activity that requires mental or physical collaboration, the goal should be to get the team out beyond the constraints of their cubicles to work together toward a common goal or a common good—add a charitable overlay to your activity and you’ve crossed off two items on this list! Hold the event outdoors if you can to give your employees a chance to enjoy some fresh air.
Offer Summer Flex Time
We saved the most desired for last. According to an OfficeTeam survey, as reported by SHRM, this perk is preferred by most employees: nearly 70% cited “flexible schedules” and “leave early on Fridays” as the summer benefit they would most like to have.
Summer hours typically mean that as long as an employee covers his/her responsibilities, he/she can take time off each week without losing wages or paid time off.
This can be accomplished in one of several ways, depending on the nature of your business.
- Employees can take a half day on Friday (or have every other Friday off) as long as they can complete their work during the week.
- Employees may take a half day on Friday (or any designated day), provided they work 40 hours during the week. This would mean extending the other workdays. This can be company-wide, or employees can be given the option to participate.
- Giving employees more freedom to work from home as long as they continue to be productive.
Whatever method you choose to keep your employees happy and engaged for the summer, remember to go with the flow and accept the slower pace.
By treating your employees to a few perks, they’ll return recharged and ready come September.
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