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Summer Fun + Employees = Increased Engagement

The sun is shining, the weather is warm and you can’t wait to get out of work to go and enjoy the day… Sound familiar? Of course it does – summer has finally arrived!

One study found that “workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months. Projects take 13 percent longer to complete and workers are 45 percent more distracted” (entrepreneur.com). So what can you do to help boost productivity and keep employees engaged?

Schedule Team Events

Family time becomes front of mind during the summer months. Create opportunities for employees and their families to get outside and have a little fun. Host a company picnic and provide activities for all ages – like a scavenger hunt, crafts, a photo booth or a frisbee golf challenge.

Host a Contest 

Many companies have started doing weight loss challenges to encourage employees to get active (it is beautiful outside after all) and lose weight. Offer a cash prize, an extra day of paid vacation or airfare vouchers to get more employees involved. An added bonus – you’ll give employees  a fun excuse to get in shape for swimsuit season.

If weight loss isn’t right for your organization, there are many other types of challenges you can do from a vacation photo contest to a chili cook-off!

Give Back

Summer is the perfect time to use your resources to recognize and show appreciation for your team. Even if you don’t have a big budget, there are many ways to bring more fun to your employees this summer.

Just a few of the many options are listed below:

  • Host an employee lunch during working hours. No need to be fancy – cook up some hot dogs and serve with beans, chips and fruit – free food purchased and cooked by your boss is always a treat! Up the summer ante by encouraging everyone to eat outside and enjoy the sunshine.
  • Hire an ice cream truck to deliver free frozen treats to your employees on a hot summer afternoon.
  • Schedule a yoga instructor to come in and host a team yoga class or lead some meditation.
  • Plan a “Slice of Summer” potluck where every employee has the opportunity to pitch in and show off their signature summer dishes.


In addition to events, contests and gifts – be mindful of your employees feelings and the “summer office blues”

Keep your door open and listen to your employees if they have concerns. Empathize with team members who might be having a tough day and, whenever possible, work with team members who need to ‘flex’ time in order to attend an important summer event with their family such as a dance recital, music concert, summer camp performance, etc.

No matter which of the options above works best for you and your organization, remember that it is the little things that can sometimes mean the most to your team. So grab a lemonade and allow yourself to have a little office fun this summer!

Read more here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234149