It’s that time of year again. Our social media accounts get flooded with those glorious European holidays pics, cliché photos of feet in the ocean or how about that cringe-worthy picture of the pre-departure cocktail at the airport?! Business slows as our co-workers go on leave and while some of us are fortunate enough to get away for summer vacation, how do you keep employees engaged and motivated in the workplace once the warm weather hits?
Create space to escape in the office
Holidays are an important time for rest, relaxation and improving well-being, and at the end of it we return to work feeling revived, productive and ready to take on anything. While it’s important employees are encouraged to take long breaks, short breaks during work time are just as important and valuable in keeping your workforce productive.
Consider making space in your workplace where employees can escape to get some down time when they feel they need it. Acoustic office pods allow single or multiple users to work or take some quiet time in privacy, reducing distracting sounds and interruptions, enabling them to return to their work station feeling refreshed, re-engage and with rejuvenated metal wellbeing.
Create opportunities for connection
Not only can connections with fellow colleagues provide us with emotional and psychological strength to deal with stress, connections with people boost our overall happiness and morale. Workplace performance consultants Gallup say their research repeatedly shows a concrete link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees expend in their job. For example, women who strongly agree they have a best friend at work are more than twice as likely to be engaged (63%) compared with the women who say otherwise (29%).
By creating space in your workplace design where staff can connect with one another you are more likely to foster more engaged employees who feel they are part of a group. A communal town hall space centrally located in the workplace is an ideal way to create chance encounters and enable your staff to connect. Similarly a tea point or break out space where you can host summer BBQ’s and team lunches are a great way to foster workplace relationships and enabling people to feel like they are part of a community.
Introduce seasonal perks
Have a bit of fun with seasonal events. They’ll not only help your staff to feel happier in their workplace but also help to foster connections between staff, further helping with your staff engagement. There’s plenty of summer events to get involved in like Wimbledon or the Tour de France that will inspire your staff to get involved.
A town hall space where you can comfortably host such occasions and screen sporting events that will assist in encouraging your staff to get involved in festivities is essential and an important factor in making sure people are inspired to get involved in your workplace.