With temperatures on the rise (bringing a new reason to complain for most of us) and out of office replies becoming more popular, that must mean we are officially in summer, and that means the summer slump may be affecting your productivity. If your hoping to keep your company productive through the coming months, we have put together a few tips for you to make the most of the slower-paced season whilst still enjoying the sunshine.
1. Own Your Meetings
With the thoughts of warm evening strolls and ice cream van jingles, it is a little bit easier for meetings to fall off course during the summer. Help your staff keep on track with our Own Your Meetings Guide. We cover everything from agenda templates to finding the best times for meeting.
2. Plan Ahead
Make sure your team are all aware of when you’ll be soaking up the sun. Creating a shared calendar for your team will help everything stay on track whilst you or your colleagues are unavailable. Don’t forget to schedule some R&R time for yourself, as this can work wonders for your productivity!
3. Keep Cool (But Not Too Cool)
Temperature can play a big role in your levels of productivity. In fact, studies show you work best between 21 and 22 degrees Celsius! If you work in a large office and can’t convince your colleagues to adjust the temperature, bring in your own heater or fan to keep comfortable.
4. Resist the Urge to Slack
If your business is affected by seasonality, it may be easy to put your feet up a little during the summer months, but this is where you should be taking advantage. During these slower periods, get a head start on the jobs you can never seemingly find the time to do, such as cleaning out the storage closets, tidying up your inbox or restructuring your reports. There is always work to be done and you’ll be thankful when work picks up again!
5. Be Flexible
Research has found that remaining flexible in the summer months can be a factor in increasing productivity during this period. Employees with modified work schedules (such as early Friday finishes) are able to increase their productivity in the summer as long as expectations are set.
6. Test Out New Tools
The slower summer months can offer your company the opportunity to trial new tools and products. Whether that’s a new digital signage platform or video conferencing app, you will probably have more time to test and implement the options you have been considering for a while.
How do you maintain summer productivity in your office? Let us know in the comments.