The arrival of summer always causes a shift in an office. Employees become more restless as the days get warmer and longer. In some cases, this can even create a decrease in productivity as business tends to slow during the summer. Rather than accepting summer as a slow period, try these tips to embrace summer in your office and turn up the heat on your company culture.
Something about summer always stirs a change in employee behavior – most notably a drop in productivity. Perhaps it’s because, for 13-plus years, you know the approaching warmer weather means school is almost out and it’s time to relax for three months. Alternatively, maybe after a long winter, no one wants to stay inside.
When you spend most of your week with the same people, it’s almost certain bonds and friendships can form with some of them. Your workplace is no different from any other environment for buddy-building. In fact, your co-workers are prime friendship material. How can they not be? They relate to your day-to-day with the most profound understanding. Co-workers can sympathize with the stresses and pressures of work. They may also be exposed to some genuine, raw emotion that people outside of your workplace may never see. A workplace can take a toll on a person so it would be nice to have a cubical confidant, a paper-pushing posse, or maybe even a printer pal.
Good business leaders understand that cross-training employees can yield several benefits for both the employees and the company that they work for: it offers flexibility within a company by giving your employees the abilities they need to fill in roles outside their primary job responsibilities temporarily.
Any great business knows that the long-term success of any company is heavily dependent on worker quality and worker loyalty. As hard as it is to measure the full value of quality workers, we all know that whom you hire is very important. The economic cost of workers is staggering: they influence not only the hard numbers regarding a company’s profit – but also things that are hard to quantify like customer relations and customer satisfaction.
For businesses to thrive in today’s economy, finding and retaining rockstar employees is crucial. When turnover is high, employers face the increased costs associated with recruiting, hiring and training replacements. There are also the costs that are hard to quantify – declines in productivity, low morale, and damage to company culture.
You’ve probably read about this “war for talent,” and how it’s getting increasingly harder to find and hire so-called “rockstar employees.” With the job market making a turn in favor of the interviewee, employers searching for the best-of-the-best have discovered the job market is turning into an arms race.
The holidays are a crazy time for many businesses, from retailers to warehouses to delivery services. Millions of seasonal workers are hired every year to handle the increased demand for products and services. Staffing agencies alone provide more than 3 million workers to employers during the last quarter of the year.
From small businesses to large organizations, employee retention is a metric on which every company has their eyes. Businesses do play a role in affecting their retention rates by keeping their employees engaged in a variety of different levels. This could include offering a competitive salary, attractive benefits package, or a flexible work schedule. For business owners, and those in human resources, engaging employees can also mean career development. What type of training is your operation offering to build upon employee skills sets and how are you developing valuable team members? Think about how you can create programs or initiative for workers to enroll in to develop skills in which they have an interest.
The economy in America is going through some pretty significant changes, that much we know. Technology, globalization and many other factors are affecting what type of and how many jobs are available. But today, there’s not enough skilled workers to fill many positions.