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4 Tips to Increase Workplace Productivity Over the Summer

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

summer productivityProductivity at your organization has the potential to lower during the summer months. Many factors are responsible for this decrease in efficiency. Some common culprits include employees taking time off, clients venturing on long vacations, and hot temperatures occurring. Although these factors will always be present during this time of year, there are some solutions you can incorporate to reduce a loss in productivity. Try the four tips below at your organization today:

1)      Encourage employees to take vacation

Summertime is the ideal opportunity for your team members to use their vacation days. Remind them to take some time off to spend with their family or friends away from the office. Your employees will be away for a short period of time. When they return, they’ll be rested, recharged and ready to be productive at work.

2)      Prepare backup plans

Vacation season tends to mean that there are fewer people in the office. Having fewer people around doesn’t mean that you can’t continue projects in an efficient way. Meet with employees before they take time off to discuss any assignments that need to be completed while others are away. Using teamwork will help your organization meet deadlines.

3)      Treat your employees to fun

Yes, achieving high productivity over this summer is important, but so is having fun! Plan something fun for your employees to show them that you appreciate the efforts they have made during the first half of the year.  Treating them to lunch or taking them out to a baseball game are great ways to keep them content and engaged with their employer.

4)      Be flexible when possible

Use flexibility during the summer months to keep workplace productivity high. Compressed work weeks and adjustments to start and end times are two ways to offer your employees more flexible schedules. Many companies allow their staffers to leave early on Fridays to take advantage of the summer weather and spend time with their loved ones and friends.

Summer is a fun season and may cause employees to become preoccupied with other items, like vacations or summer childcare. Keeping morale high and delegating where needed helps organizations run efficiently in the summer months. For more tips to increase your company’s productivity, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-669-7746.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Company Holiday Party Stress-Free, Safe and Fun

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

With radios blasting seasonal tunes and shopping centers offering big discounts, it’s crystal clear that the holidays are upon us. Throwing your workforce a party during this merry season is a great way to celebrate the time of year and show your team that you appreciate what they do for the company.

A holiday party offers staff members the opportunity to mix and mingle outside the office, which encourages employee interaction and conversations. With all the employee engagement benefits a holiday party can bring, it’s important to note that holiday parties can also have a negative effect on the company if ground rules aren’t set.

Here are six suggestions to consider when planning your holiday celebration:

Give plenty of options

There are two things you should try to accomplish when throwing a holiday party for your team members: to reward them for their efforts and to create a memorable and fun experience for them to have. Spend time preparing for details like location, food and drink options, and entertainment. Leave them excited for next year’s party.

Interject some fun

Whether it’s inviting holiday carolers to sing to your staff or playing a holiday themed icebreaker to get to know spouses and guests, encourage your employees to enjoy themselves. Your staffers are expecting to have a good time with their coworkers.  Get great reviews by planning activities and surprises throughout the night.

Make a drink maximum

Not that you can’t have a good time without alcohol, but offering employees of legal age a drink is generally part of the holiday festivities. To protect your party committee and to advise your employees, provide your guests with no more than two drinks. Getting sloppy at the company Christmas party—whether it’s a seasoned manager or a recent hire—isn’t a win for anyone.

Say thank you

The holiday party happens at the end of the year, which is perfect timing for you to recognize the contributions your staff made during the last 12 months. There are several ways to show your appreciation. A speech highlighting specific accomplishments, awards given to stellar performers, and gift cards for the entire team are only a few ways to recognize your team during the celebration.

Keep work talk to a minimum

Other than congratulating your team for a great year, talking about work should be avoided. Your employees want to have fun and celebrate the season with their coworkers. Use this event to get to know your team members and their friends and spouses better. You can discuss work when you return to the office.

Know how everyone is getting home

Making sure your staffers get home safely is an important part of the planning process. Arrange hotel stays for your team members who don’t work in your local office. Organize cab rides for employees who bought additional drinks and don’t plan to drive home. Be aware of how each employee leaves the party.

For more holiday party ideas for your company, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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5 Ways to Have a Spooktacular Halloween at Work

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and because this holiday is so popular, celebrating the fall day at your workplace is a great idea. Few people are offended by scheduling time to celebrate Halloween because the holiday isn’t tied to a specific religion or belief system. Halloween also will allow employees to let out their inner child and have fun instead of worrying about the stress that accompanies adult life. Most importantly, you can set a workplace tradition that almost all employees will enjoy year after year.

Use some of the ideas below to encourage your staff members to have a howlin’ good time this Halloween. Remember to keep participation optional:

  • Decorate your workplace to create a Halloween Wonderland. Add cobwebs to offices and meeting rooms, place pumpkins on tables and window ledges, and put out candy corn for your staff and visitors to enjoy.

 

  • Host a costume contest, and ask employees to make sure their attire is work appropriate. Have staffers anonymously vote for the winner. Prizes can range from a plastic Jack-o-lantern full of candy or a gift certificate to a nearby restaurant.

 

  • Carve pumpkins as a group. While your team works to dig out pumpkin seeds and carve ghoulish faces, they will naturally find themselves chatting and having a good time—strengthening their workplace bonds.

 

  • Treat your staff to a Halloween-themed breakfast. Include several food options that feature fall’s flavors. Some examples include Apple cider, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin bread, apple muffins and turkey biscuits. Make sure you include healthy food options as well.

 

  • Organize a “trick or treat” potluck. Encourage each staff member to bring in a dessert item to share with the rest of their team members. Halloween-themed cookies, pumpkin pie or cupcakes with orange and black frosting are a few sweet treat ideas.

Establishing traditions at your company is a great way to engage your employees and keep workplace morale high. Please call CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746 with any questions regarding traditions at work.

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12 Activities to Keep Your Workforce Engaged through Fall

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Saturday is the first day of fall, and with the new season comes cooler weather, different foliage and a workforce that just wrapped up its summer. Keep your team members’ engagement high by incorporating fall fun into your workplace. There are many activities you can try at the office. Some are great for team building and others will show your employees that you appreciate their hard work.

Try these employee engagement activities with an autumn twist at your organization:

  1. Have team members bring in fall inspired dishes, such as apple pie or pumpkin soup, for a fall themed office party
  2. Stock the break room with warm apple cider or pumpkin flavored coffee for a morning treat
  3. Allow your staff members to leave work early to pick up their children from school once the academic year starts
  4. Organize an office activity day at a nearby park and play football with your workers and their families
      • Make participation optional
  5. Help employees stay fit during the season by planning a group hike at a local nature trail
      • Make participation optional
  6. Purchase group tickets to a local football game or other fall activity for you staff members to enjoy
  7. Treat your staff to a fall family day and schedule family-friendly activities like jumping in leaves or a cake walk
  8. Plan an office outing to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch to bond while walking and picking autumn goods together
  9. Host a family hayride at a local park or farm
      • Include hay bale contests or a mini petting zoo
  10. Encourage fitness by arranging after work pick-up soccer games
      •  Make participation optional
  11. Throw a Halloween party and create a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating and carving contest
  12. Buy a turkey and hold an office potluck lunch for Thanksgiving
      • Ask your employees to each bring a dish

For more employee engagement tools and strategies, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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4 Tips to Beat Summeritis and Keep Your Employees Productive

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Summeritis is a common term heard among high school and college students when the warm weather season is quickly approaching. Symptoms of this seasonal disease include excessive daydreaming about trips to the beach or pool, a decreased ability in retaining information, sluggish performance and producing poor quality work. Yesterday marked the first day of summer, and you may have noticed some symptoms of summeritis floating around your workplace. While summer months tend to be slower for companies because of vacations from your staffers and clients, maintaining high productivity is still achievable. Prevent the symptoms of Summeritis in your staff by utilizing these four tips:

Plan for Vacation

With school out and an increase in nice weather, summer months are the ideal time for employees to go on vacation. Research shows that Americans are notorious for not using all of their vacation. While a strong work ethic is admirable, taking a vacation allows you to rest, recharge and come back to the office full of energy to be productive. Make sure you and your employees plan a solid vacation with family or friends.

Utilize Flexibility

Many companies are offering their workers flexibility during the hottest time of year. Some companies allow their staff to leave early on Fridays to enjoy the weather and spend quality time with people who aren’t their coworkers. Like the effects of a summer vacation, employees return to the office on Monday feeling refreshed and ready to perform again. If this set up isn’t feasible for your company, try a variation. Have employees come in earlier or work through their lunch break to leave the office sooner.

Delegate When Needed

Don’t let important tasks go unfinished because fewer people are around the office. Before an employee leaves for vacation, meet up with her to go over tasks that she is currently working on and ask her if she needs assistance while she’s away. Using strong teamwork during the summer months ensures that deliverables are met.

Have Some Fun

Keeping your workers productive during this time of year is important, but don’t ignore the fact that this is one of the most fun times of the year. Celebrate the season and all of the accomplishments your team has made throughout the first half of the year with an office party or celebratory lunch. Recognizing their efforts and letting them have some workplace fun will keep their morale high and performance stellar.

For more tips to keep you and your employees productive during the summertime, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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