The summertime slump – how to keep your employees motivated

If, like many, you particularly suffer from a mid-afternoon lull in performance, with tiredness and an accompanying drop in productivity during the balmy summer months, you are not alone. Our team share their top tips for staying alert and motivated this summer.
  1. Be flexible: Traveling in the heat can at times be unbearable, especially if you are travelling on an over-crowded train with no air-conditioning. If you are able to accommodate flexible working during the hot summer days, allow your employees to avoid peak time commutes by starting work a little earlier or later than their usual start time. This can help limit sickness absences and lateness. You could also consider relaxing your dress code. Allowing your employees to ditch the blazer and tie in favour of a light shirt and smart trousers could make a big difference to how they feel.

  2. Encourage healthy eating and consider summer treats!: By providing healthy snacks such as fruit and encouraging staff to drink more water, you can assist battling those energy level drops. A nice touch to combat the hot weather as well as, encouraging employee engagement, is to offer some summer treats. Think about treating your employees with items such as cool drinks or ice lollies. At Buzzacott, we are holding a pop-up smoothie bar which will provide advice and recipes for foods to help improve mood and health. Such ideas may seem like little acts but they can go a long way in increasing employee engagement. 

  3. Too hot or too cold?: Office temperature discomfort could also have a negative impact on productivity. We recommend testing your air conditioning units in advance of the summer months. Not only will this prove valuable when the hot weather arrives but it also demonstrates that you are being proactive rather than reactive to employee needs. You may also wish to choose to place a few fans around the office for people to use if they are feeling over-heated.
For further advice about how to keep your staff happy and therefore better engaged and motivated, please reach out to your usual Buzzacott HR Consultancy contact or
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