5 Ways Managers Can Perk Up Employees This Summer

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Managers on productivity of employees in the summer

Human resources managers report workers may feel less productive in the summer and want more flexible schedules, while fewer companies offer flexible schedules, according to a new research.

In addition to wanting more flexible schedules in the summer, employees also want the ability to leave early on Fridays, a more relaxed dress code, and events such as company picnics. However trends involving those employee desires have reversed since 2012, according to the survey from Office Team, a Robert Half company.

Now fewer companies are offering these benefits with a decline in flexibility of hours and leaving early on Fridays. Also the most common employee behavior that managers see is employees not planning well for vacations.

"It's natural for employees to get distracted when the weather's nice and thoughts turn to plans outside the office,” Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, said in a release.

“But savvy companies maintain staff productivity and morale by embracing summer in the workplace. "Letting employees modify their schedules, leave early on Fridays or dress more casually when it's hot out are easy ways to keep them loyal and engaged," she said in the release.

Which if any benefits are offered at your company?

Managers say employees are less productive in the summer

Additional managers survey findings

  • More than one-third of HR managers (34 percent) feel workers are less productive during the summer months. Another 34 percent said there's no change in on-the-job performance.   
  • Not planning well for vacations (32 percent) and unexpected absences (22 percent) were identified as the most common negative employee behaviors at this time of year, ahead of dressing too casually (19 percent), sneaking in late or leaving early (15 percent), and being mentally checked out (12 percent).

5 Ways Managers Can Perk Up Employees This Summer

  1. Perk up. Give employees more control over how they spend their time by offering flexible schedules and occasionally letting them leave early on Fridays. Just make sure policies are clear so business can continue as usual.
  2. Rally for rest. Remind workers to take time off, and set an example by doing so yourself. Bring in temporary professionals to fill in during absences.
  3. Venture out. Holding meetings outdoors or while taking a walk is a great way to get fresh air while accomplishing business objectives.
  4. Have some fun. Plan an ice cream break, picnic or group outing. Employees will appreciate being able to relax and bond with colleagues in a non-work setting.  
  5. Dress down. Allow staff who aren't customer- or client-facing to wear more casual attireas long as it doesn't detract from work. You might even consider instituting themed Fridays where Hawaiian shirts or sports apparel are encouraged.

Managers survey report on summer and how workers behave

About the Research
The surveys of HR managers and workers were developed by OfficeTeam. They were conducted by independent research firms and include responses from more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees, and more than 380 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

About OfficeTeam
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 300 locations worldwide.

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