Here at Real People we firmly believe that summer doesn’t have to be a depressing time to be at work. There is a common misconception that motivation and engagement tools should involve monetary rewards and therefore are too expensive for small organisations. But there are simple and more effective ways to incentivise employees, particularly during the dog days of summer.
We have developed some tips on managing the workplace during the summer months whilst boosting team morale and motivation:
· Recognise that there will be peaks and troughs – Organisations can be reluctant to recognise that employees may slow down during quieter summer periods and might not be as motivated as they could be. But even the brightest of
your stars can be distracted and this is ok, it is up to your managers to get them back on track. Use the time to plan for busy periods and set objectives that will allow staff to develop so that they are prepared.
· Be flexible - consider offering your employees a more flexible work schedule during the summer months. This means that even those who are not heading off on holiday can make the most of the season and they should come back to work feeling recharged. You may want to think about a more permanent flexi work scheme as a longer term motivator for staff.
· Manage your sickness absence – organisations tend to see a relative increase of sickness absence levels in the summer period. It is important to that this is managed correctly so it doesn’t have a lasting impact on your business. It is important to continue to refer to your Sickness Absence Policy and consistently hold return to work interviews with staff that have been unwell. Failure to do so will not only have financial costs but it will damage the morale of the staff that are at work and in all likelihood are taking on an additional workload.
· Be organised – with summer holidays in full swing it is important to plan for this time off. Encourage your team to communicate with one another and set the expectation that any workload should be managed within the team. They should be anticipating the heavier workload and will therefore be able to manage their time accordingly.
· Celebrate success – it is important that when the office seems deserted that the remaining employees still feel valued. So continue to focus on the positive work that the organisation is doing. As well as this an individual recognition approach will significantly improve employee motivation far more than any monetary alternative. This could be in the form of a simple thank you note; the main thing is that you recognise individual accomplishments.
Obviously we understand that all organisations are different in terms of their workforce but these tips should help you to hone in what your employees value and these can be used as tools to motivate staff the whole year round.
If you would like advice on any HR queries please call the Real People helpline on 0207 710 0626 or email us your query at firstname.lastname@example.org.