If your office’s productivity has taken a dive during these summer months, there’s still time to turn things around before the leaves start changing colors.
To give productivity a boost, give these three proven tactics a try:
- Cross-train your staffers. While this is always a great way to engage your workforce, it’s particularly effective during the summer months — when work can be the furthest thing from employees’ minds. Learning a new position will help to re-energize burned-out staffers.
- Encourage ’em to take vacation time. It may sound counter-intuitive: To increase productivity, tell your workers to take more time off. But the fact is, employees that forgo vacation end up feeling burned out. On the other end of the spectrum, employees who take their allotted breaks come back refreshed and ready to work.
- Offer more flexible hours. Here’s a Bud Light commercial that shows Ted Ferguson, Daredevil, in his cubicle, wearing a helmet, goggles and knee and elbow pads, while attempting to endure working two minutes past 5 p.m. on a Friday. It’s funny, but how many workers actually get anything done on a Friday afternoon — especially in the summer? An added bonus of flexible scheduling: It boosts employees’ morale.
What does your company do to boost waning productivity during the summer? Share it with us in the Comments section.