How do you balance the relaxing nature of the summer season with the financial goals of the company? Here are the top three things that companies can do to encourage employee productivity during summer.
Set goals that stimulate employee productivity
When it comes to setting goals for employees, it’s important to think about things that will stimulate productivity. One way to do this is by setting goals that center around task importance and the diversity of the tasks at hand.
There’s a stark difference between completing tasks that feel mindless and those that greatly contribute to company wellbeing. The outcome of this difference? Job satisfaction. If you’ve heard the quote, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” you’re likely familiar with this concept. Helping employees see the ultimate goals that a string of tasks are working toward can be highly motivational and lead to greater productivity.
Having a diverse set of assignments allows for employees to engage different parts of their brain, and utilize different skill sets – both of which stimulate productivity. How, exactly? Ultimately, task variety reduces boredom. So, think about each employee and the different tasks and assignments you can be implementing into their schedules.
Square-away the yearly calendar during the slower season
With tax season out of the way, it’s time to take advantage of the summer work lull. This is the perfect time for you and your team to review the goals that were set at the beginning of the year. Also, evaluate what still needs to be done before January, and create a plan for the remaining months of the year. This is the perfect season to inspire your employees to tackle tasks that may get in their way come tax season.
This is also the time to encourage your associates to pursue development objectives. If there are any trainings or certifications they could complete that would benefit their careers – and the company – this is a great time for them to do so.
Support flexibility for your employees
Flexibility goes a long way. The potential summertime lull in workload is matched with an uptick in associates’ personal lives. The busyness of having children out of school for the summer coupled with vacations and long weekends causes employees to cherish flexibility in their work schedules during this season. So, how can you help? Think about creative ways to provide flexibility in employees’ schedules. Perhaps they can work an extra hour Monday through Thursday and take Fridays off. Also be sure to encourage them to use their paid time off. Flexible schedules help your employees feel appreciated in addition to providing a healthy work-life balance.
If you’re driving a team’s productivity this summer, be sure to read up on adopting an agile mindset.