Summer is in full swing, and if you manage a team you know what that means – vacations and mid-year reviews. Otherwise known as the two things that managers dread. You know your office is going to be a ghost town all season and, once again, you’re going to have to sit down with employees to discuss progress. Yikes.
Looking ahead to what’s to come may seem like a nightmare waiting to happen. Especially when workplace productivity drops 20% during this time period. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. A key way of making both these processes a little easier is by keeping your team motivated. How exactly do you go about doing that? Check out these key tips below to make sure your team is always working hard, even when they decide to take a vacation or two.
Align Your Priorities
Whether the summer months are upon you or not, it’s important to ensure that all your employees understand what is expected of them and have a sense of things that need to be done. According to Gallup, only 4 out of 10 employees know their company’s brand and what the company stands for. This doesn’t all have to weigh on you though. To aid in keeping goals and missions in line, you may consider creating sub-teams within your department; sub-teams keep each other in check and work on projects in a faster and more efficient way.
Turbo-Charge Your Company Culture
With vacations a-foot, it means the office is definitely more empty than it should be. But, that doesn’t have to stop you from leading those employees to success. The best way to accomplish this? Focus on company culture. Whether you have a team of 10 or 50, make the initiative to interact, engage and reinforce your company culture. And, it pays off in the end, by making employees feel happy and appreciated. This, in turn, helps companies outperform the competition by 20% and make employees 12% more productive.
Explore the Outdoors
We all need a little break every now and then. Plus, summer means beautiful weather and holidays galore! And, your employees deserve the time off. Giving employees the opportunity to relax and take a break from the daily grind of the workplace results in higher productivity, more engagement and better quality of work production.
Counteracting the restlessness of being cooped up in an office all day can actually do wonders for both you and your team. Offering breaks or time off also helps your company when it comes to the work-lifestyle balance that Millennials are ranking as their number one factor when choosing a job.
Well, are you offering your team with the motivation they need? If not, you may need to do some rearranging of your own to see where you can make the most impact. But, even if you are putting these tips into action, we understand that summer and mid-year events (of any kind) are sometimes difficult to handle. That’s why there’s iRevü! Sign up for a free trial now and see how we can have you and your team shining brightly by the end of the season.