Summer is right around the corner. It’s a tough season for employees to stay focused on their daily duties with the great weather and many activities taking place. The following suggestions are designed to help management keep up a positive mood and increase productivity.

1. Time Off

Encouraging your employees to take and use vacation time will improve their work-life balance. In turn, this will satisfy your employees and motivate them to work harder.

2. Flexibility

Summer comes with outdoor events, kids out of school, and everything exciting that is not found in a cubicle. Promoting flexible hours, working remotely, or leaving the office early on Friday will boost morale and lead to a more positive work environment and increased performance.

3. Fresh Air

Invite your employees for a walk during breaks or to have lunch outside on pleasant, sunny days. These activities reinforce relationship-building, team dynamics, and promote positive and open communication in a less formal setting. This creates comfort and openness during more formal conversations.

4. Summer Party

Employee engagement events give your team something fun to look forward to. Examples include a summer party with a picnic dinner, a miniature golf tournament, or other activities where employees can come together and enjoy the fun. It’s all about the power of investing in an engaging workplace, which increases employee engagement and reduces turnover.

5. Dress Code

Embrace the motto: No pantyhose and only comfortable clothes. If there are no meetings with clients, allow employees to dress more casually. Nobody looks forward to wearing a full suit in the summer heat.

6. Hot Weather Safety

For workers who perform duties outside, below are some suggested safety measures to stay cool and safe during summer months.

Water Up

To prevent dehydration, drink water as often as possible. It is recommended to drink at least one cup every 15-20 minutes. Employers can make sure the employees always have bottles of water or sports drinks available.

Protective Equipment

Make sure to have the necessary gear to stay safe and cool such as water-cooled garments, air-cooled garments, hats, ice-pack vests, wet over-garments, and heat-reflective aprons or suits. Although expensive in some cases, the cost of protective gear is inconsequential when compared to an employee injury or illness due to over-exposure to heat.

Shaded or Air-Conditioned Areas

Make available shaded or air-conditioned rest areas to cool down and encourage employees to use them.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness Include:

  • Heavy Sweating
  • Cold, Pale, and Clammy Skin
  • Fast, Weak Pulse
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses quickly can save lives. It is heavily recommended that employers provide training to all employers for “Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness and How to Treat Them.”

References: https://blog.dol.gov/2016/05/26/8-steps-to-keep-workers-safe-in-the-heat

By Sara Jacobs, Human Resource Business Partern, HR Service, Inc.