It's summertime! That means it's time to enjoy higher weather temps, perfectly sunny days, and quality time with the kids. But if you're an employer or manager, how can you keep your team motivated when they'd much rather be outside enjoying life in the sun? This is even more difficult on Fridays, when employees can almost taste their upcoming weekend adventures. It's not easy, but it can be done, especially if you can make Fridays fun. Here are a few ways to keep workers motivated on sunny Fridays during the beautiful summertime months.
People love to compete. It's in our blood as Americans. Having regular, fun contests in the workplace fosters friendly competition. Make sure the contest is over during the same workday, and have the reward given out immediately. Gift cards for local restaurants and coffee shops are both good rewards to strive for. Even during the summer, people love their daily coffee.
Have an Indoor Picnic
Have a potluck picnic during the Friday lunch hour. Holding signups for various dishes during the week helps to make sure you have all the food covered. You can even do a theme of different food types each week. Tex-Mex, Italian, or Barbeque are a few good ones to use. Take it outside if your work environment allows it. Some offices have picnic tables on their properties that can be nice to use during the day for some fresh air.
Make it casual Fridays to allow jeans, shorts, and even flip flops. It's fun during the summer to dress down a little bit, and it allows employees to relax their wardrobes on Fridays. Plus it's been proven to help moral because they look forward to that Friday fun perk.
Just Get Outside
Who says you can't get outside for an impromptu game of catch or dodge ball with your employees? If you have the space for it, then the more the merrier. Sign up during the week for team type sports, and have a little fun in the sun during the work day.
People love candy. Especially candy that is just randomly handed out to them. So on Fridays be sure to treat your employees to something sweet to let them know how much you appreciate all their hard work and dedication. It can be difficult to want to work during the summer hours when it seems like everyone they know is on vacation. It's especially hard for parents when they know of all the time they are missing with their children.
Kid and Parent Work Day
Having an extra "bring your kid" to work day on a Friday during the summer can be a fun way to meet everyone's kids. Set up a service from your local childcare agency to watch over them in a larger area such as a conference room with coloring books, games, and snacks. This is a guaranteed way to please employees with children that most offices aren't thinking about doing during the summer months. As an added bonus the kids get to see what their moms or dads do all day long. It's a win-win for everyone.