When you’re in a city with summers that only last for two to three months a year, it can be a challenge to get people to show up for work and continue being productive during this time. But instead of cracking down on lazy employees, take this as an opportunity to show them your appreciation for all the hard work they’ve put into the company all year round. Here are a few things you can offer employees to keep them engaged this summer.
Offering flextime through the summer months gives your employees the chance to spend as much time outside to enjoy the warm weather or be with friends and family without sacrificing productivity. If your employees can guarantee to get their work done on time, go ahead and let them control their work hours. Let them choose if they want to work longer hours for four days to then have an extended weekend.
Some companies are generous enough to offer extended weekends during the summer months, allowing employees to indulge in outdoor activities over the break. Your workers will appreciate being given enough time to have a proper weekend camping excursion or a road trip to Disneyland. They will come back to work feeling energized and motivated.
Casual Dress Code
If your company adheres to a specific dress code during normal business hours, it’s a good idea to implement casual dress days during the summer months, allowing employees to come to work in jeans and t-shirts, maybe even shorts and flip flops on special days. While this perk may not be high on the list of things that make employees happy, it’s worth offering anyway because it doesn’t cost a single cent.
A team outing doesn’t have to mean taking everyone in the office to the beach or a resort hotel over the weekend—though those are certainly worthwhile things to offer. It can be something as simple as a night of after work drinks in the local watering hole, a team lunch, or an afternoon of basketball or baseball. Either way, getting your employees out of the office is a solid way to build camaraderie.
Regardless of the time of year, it’s always a good idea to offer workplace benefits to keep your employees satisfied. Remember, happy employees are productive employees. For more workforce management insights and guides, be sure to follow this blog. If your company needs help looking for top notch talent, talk to the staffing services experts of Star Staffing. Contact our offices at 707-762-4447 to find out how our services can be of help.