• RSS Feed

The LinkUp Blog The Industry's Best-Kept Secret

June 12, 2013 / Molly Moseley

Tips and tricks to boost employee productivity this summer

Oh, the dog days of summer! Full of sunshine, fun activities and, often, the anticipation of a well-deserved vacation. Whether upper management or intern, it can be difficult to stay focused during summer months, and therefore, productivity can suffer.

Unfortunately for businesses, research confirms this dip. A study by Captivate Network found that during summer, productivity goes down (20 percent), attendance dips (19 percent), project turnaround times increase (13 percent) and employees are more distracted (45 percent).

Here are five tips to keep productivity booming during summer:

Lead by example:
Employees will follow the lead of their supervisors. If the boss is taking a casual approach to summer days, so too will his team. Ensure management adopts a positive, yet productive attitude during summer months. Employees are likely to follow suit.

Schedule vacations ASAP:
More PTO is used during summer months, so set a policy that requires employees to communicate time off as soon as possible. A backup plan can then be determined so productivity doesn’t dip when the team isn’t fully staffed.

Be flexible:
Graduations, recitals, out-of-town guests – summer is full of special events, and employees value a work-life balance. Be flexible and create a policy that allows employees to make up time when needed and arm them with technology so they can work remotely.

Praise and reward productivity:
Plan a few extra meetings during the summer to discuss internal processes. Use this time to laud employees who have gone above and beyond recently. If possible, figure out a reward program (small bonus, gift card, etc.) for an extra boost of motivation during the summer.

Set expectations and communicate:
Summers can be slow for many industries. Employees need to understand that they should work on additional projects during this time. Keep lines of communication open and encourage employees to offer project ideas, too. Down time isn’t an excuse to slack off; it’s an opportunity to engage and explore new initiatives.