Finally, blue skies and warm weather! It’s the middle of the summer, and for many of us, that means people are away on holidays and work productivity has slowed down for the year. If you’re a leader or manager, take advantage of the summer months to focus on your team’s wellbeing. It can have a big impact on staff morale, performance and productivity!
If your organization doesn’t have a wellbeing strategy, here are some great ideas to help you get started:
- Encourage physical activity: Encourage your team to get out and be active by promoting gym memberships, lunchtime yoga, jogging clubs, walking meetings, and bike to work days.
- Offer flexible work hours: Summer flex-time policies are a great way to boost employee engagement and morale. Offer your team the chance to come in later, leave earlier, start the weekend sooner, or even work remotely. Flexible work arrangements will allow staff to have more control over their lives– and most will easily be able to complete their work in less time.
- Build your team: Teams that know each other well are known to work better together. Give your team opportunities to interact or learn something new together this summer. Consider introducing happy hours, hosting a company picnic, setting up an ice cream bar every Friday afternoon, or organizing a summer retreat.
- Have some fun: Introducing a little bit of fun in the work environment has many positive benefits. It helps teams get to know each other and sets them up to be more productive and engaged over the long-term. Consider organizing summer-themed challenges, holding a scavenger hunt, or hosting a team Olympics event this summer.
- Focus on recognition: One of the easiest ways to keep your team engaged and happy is to recognize staff for their efforts and achievements, especially when they go the extra mile. Take the time this summer to nominate staff for awards, write thank you notes and offer one-on-one praise. This will go a long way towards boosting staff confidence, making them feel appreciated, and improving quality of work.
Don’t know where to start? Survey your team or ask for volunteers to come up with some concrete ideas and a plan.
Let Intersol facilitate your next staff retreat or team building event. Contact us today!