Posts Tagged ‘summer’

6 Reasons Taking Your Vacation Will Improve Your Work Performance

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

7956465780_5fb7b6d55a_zSummer is on its way. If you haven’t taken a vacation already and aren’t planning to do so, I would ask you to consider taking your time off.

You will enjoy a number of benefits when you use your vacation days. Some people prefer to work all of the time and some people have to work all of the time, but in either case, taking some time off, even just a few days, will improve your work performance.

Productivity generally lowers during the summer months. Taking a vacation will help you avoid being sluggish around the workplace. Check out the six benefits of using your vacation time below:

  • Spending time outside of work will help you focus on the important things in your life that do not revolve around your work, such as family and friends.
  • Your mind can relax. Taking time off will allow your mind to take a break, get some rest, and work at its optimal level when you return to the workplace.
  • A good vacation is greatly beneficial for those in roles that require creative and innovative thinking. Not focusing on your busy work week will enable you to get inspired and recharge your creative energy.
  • You can use your free time to complete tasks, get errands done or dedicate to yourself. Carving out time for the things you enjoy will improve your satisfaction in other areas of your life, like work.
  • Time away from work can help you figure out an issue that is currently stumping you in the workplace. Walking away from the problem and returning after a relaxing vacation can have you looking at the same issue from a different perspective.
  • Keep yourself healthy by taking a breather from your position. Stress and pressure are released when you’re not focused on your responsibilities at work, which allows you to sleep better, concentrate longer and be happier.

Make sure to use your vacation time this summer. For any questions regarding vacation time and its many benefits, please call CAI’s Advice and Resolution team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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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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4 Ideas to Show Your Employees Appreciation During the Summer Months

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Summer activityThis Friday marks the first day of summer and calls attention to all of the activities that go along with warmer weather. Many of your employees will plan vacations during this time period.  For your staffers who elect to stay in the office, treat them to some summertime fun. Show them you appreciate the contributions they make to your organization by coordinating activities that are most enjoyable in the summer. Reminding employees that you value their efforts is helpful in increasing a number of metrics, such as engagement, satisfaction and morale.

Try some of the following fun ideas at your organization:

Company picnic with family and friends

The warm weather season is a perfect time for a company picnic. Encourage your employees to invite their friends and family to make the event more memorable for them. By allowing your employees to bring guests, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with the people who are the most important to them. Rent a picnic shelter from a local park, provide food, and make sure you plan activities that cater to all of the age groups that will be present.

Refreshing treats

The summer months provide plenty of opportunities for fun, but they also bring a long supply of blazing hot days. Help your employees get some relief from the sun. Stock your company fridge with popsicles or mini containers of ice cream. If you purchase these items in bulk at a warehouse, such as Costco or Sam’s Club, you won’t break your budget to provide your employees with nice refreshments.

Relaxed Dress Code

If your employees wear business casual or business attire each day of the week, let them enjoy a more relaxed dress code during the summertime. Giving them the option to dress more comfortably during the hottest months of the year will show your employees that you care about their happiness while they are at work. Whether you implement casual Fridays throughout the summer or allow your employees to sport sandals instead of loafers, this gesture will show them that you appreciate them.

Parking lot tailgate

Everyone loves a good tailgate! You don’t have to be celebrating a particular sporting event to incorporate some of the fun aspects of getting together before a big game. Utilize the resources you have by hosting the tailgate in your company’s parking lot. Set up cornhole, ladder ball or play Frisbee to create some bonding moments for your staff. Treat your team to traditional tailgating foods and drinks like BBQ, hamburgers, hotdogs, lemonade and sweet tea.  If you decide to provide alcoholic beverages for your staff, make sure they are of age and limit them to two drinks each for their safety and yours.

For more ways to raise employee morale at your organization, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-9222.

Photo Source: Rob Boudon

Help Your Workforce Escape the Dog Days of Summer with 9 Tips

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Early July brings blistering hot temperatures to areas all over the country. Often referred to as the Dog Days of Summer, this seasonal heat wave creates a less than ideal work environment for employees who work in the sun, buildings with no air conditioning or any other environment that can get very hot.  Finding relief from the extreme summer temperatures is necessary to maintain productivity and eliminate any chance of heat exhaustion for your employees.

When your workdays reach a high of 90 degrees or above, try the tips below to keep your workforce cool and productive:

  • Educate your staff on the importance of staying hydrated and taking breaks to refresh and cool off.
  • Make sure your staff is aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as confusion, dizziness, muscle cramps and nausea.
  • If they primarily work outside, encourage your employees to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Implement flexible schedules or summertime hours, like starting the day earlier to avoid some of the hot weather.
  • Provide your staff members with a cold treat—freeze pops and ice cream are two options.
  • Keep the water cooler full or the workplace fridge stocked with bottled water, and recommend to your employees to drink at least eight cups of water per day.
  • Buy employees moisture-wicking shirts, cooling headbands and reusable insulated water bottles to stay cool.
  • Put multiple fans in areas that aren’t air conditioned to circulate cool air.
  • If within company safety policy and dress code, allow team members to wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.

CAI members provided many of the tips above through CAI’s list serve, a member benefit that enables participants to ask peers at member companies for advice, recommendations and best practices for their organizations. Recent topics members have discussed on the list serve include employee service awards, I-9 auditing procedures, workplace fraternization and many more. For additional information about a CAI membership and signing up for the list serve, please contact an account manager at 919-878-9222 or 336-667-7746.

Workplace Insights will take a break on Thursday, July 5. A new post will be up Tuesday, July 10. Please enjoy the July 4th holiday!

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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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