The Official Office Summer Survival Guide
The sun is shining, the weather is warm- and it’s a little bit harder than usual to stay completely focused in the workplace.
How can office employees simultaneously beat the heat and stay motivated during the summer months? Follow our Summer Survival Guide and keep you employees engaged all season long.
Summer Dress Code
Implement a casual summer dress code to accommodate the sweltering summer heat. By allowing for more appropriate attire, employees can work comfortable, in and out of the office. Suggested attire? Drop the work tie- ditch the suit or pencil skirt for more comfortable clothes, like jeans or a maxi dress.
Encourage your employees to take vacations and Paid Time Off to rejuvenate away from the office. A study conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) indicated that employees who take most of their vacation time, rather than neglecting it, perform better, and are more productive and satisfied in their jobs than those who don’t. Vacation is the perfect way to clear the mind and come back to the office refreshed and prepared for whatever work will be coming your way.
A great way to engage employees and get active over the summer is to join a corporate athletic league. Popular leagues include co-ed softball, dodgeball and kickball teams, where employees play other teams from local companies. Team building is a keystone aspect of success anywhere; by having the ability to build team cohesion and ado something that promotes physical activity, “kills two birds with one stone”, and is a fun way to get employees involved and intermingled.
Host a company event! Whether it’s a barbecue or field day, going offsite from the office allows employees to take their mind off work and get to know their coworkers better. Reward those who sacrifice daily for the success of your company and host something fun, like a corporate picnic featuring delicious foods and unique team-oriented games, prizes, and giveaways. A simple day away from work will keep employees engaged, motivated and most importantly- happy.
Get your employees involved and give back to the community. Corporate philanthropy is important in the workplace for various reasons. Not only does it give back to your local community, it also builds respect and a good reputation among other local businesses, providing a role model for employees. Plus, it indirectly opens the door to networking and marketing to individuals and organizations you weren’t quite familiar with prior to.