Keeping the focus on work as summer distractions ramp up

Summer can be a challenging time for managers to keep their team focused and productive. With beautiful weather, outdoor activities, and thoughts of vacations it’s easy for employees to get distracted and lose sight of their responsibilities. As a manager, it’s essential to find ways to keep your team focused and motivated during the summer months. Here are some tips and tricks from Ardent Staffing to help managers keep their employees on track.

  • Set Clear Expectations
    It’s crucial to set clear expectations for your team regarding their work responsibilities during the summer. Let your employees know what you expect from them and what deadlines they need to meet. Make sure to communicate these expectations clearly and consistently to avoid any confusion.
  • Allow for Flexibility
    Allowing for flexibility can help keep your team motivated and productive. Consider allowing employees to adjust their work hours to accommodate summer activities or work hybrid, if possible. By being flexible, you can help your team balance work and personal responsibilities while still getting the job done.
  • Keep Employees Engaged
    Keeping employees engaged and motivated is critical for maintaining productivity during the summer months. Consider hosting team-building activities, setting new challenges or goals, or offering incentives for meeting deadlines. Keeping employees engaged can help them stay focused and motivated even when the weather outside is beautiful.
  • Create a Positive Work Environment
    Creating a positive work environment can help your team stay focused and motivated during the summer months. Make sure your workplace is a comfortable temperature and consider offering summertime snacks or other perks to boost morale. Watermelon or popsicles are always a welcome treat!  By creating a positive work environment, you can help your team feel happy and energized at work, even when the weather outside is perfect.
  • Encourage Breaks
    Encourage your employees to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and refocus. Consider offering outdoor seating or setting up a break room with games or other activities. By encouraging breaks, you can help your team stay focused and productive while also allowing them to enjoy the summer weather.  Getting some outdoor time helps people feel like they aren’t missing out on the sunshine.  
  • Communicate Openly
    Open communication is key to keeping your team focused and motivated during the summer months. Be open to feedback and suggestions from your employees.  Some truly brilliant and simple ideas have been brought forth by Ardent employees and have become part of the Ardent culture.  Managers just need to be open to hear those suggestions!  Also, managers should be sure to keep employees informed about any changes or updates that may affect their work. By communicating openly, you can help your team feel valued and engaged in their work.

In conclusion, as a manager, it’s essential to find ways to keep your team focused and motivated during the summer months.  By setting clear expectations, allowing for flexibility, and having a little fun in the office you can help your team stay on track and productive, even when the weather outside is tempting. With these tips and tricks, you can strike a balance between work and play and ensure that your team continues to excel even during the summer months.  

Ardent Staffing Solutions is a Massachusetts based temporary and permanent placement staffing agency specialized in professional, administrative, and skilled manufacturing placements.

May 18, 2023

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