There’s a dark side to the sunny days of summer – at least in the workplace. Studies show a significant drop in productivity among employees during warmer months, and it may not be surprising to hear. After all, who wouldn’t want to swap a cubicle for a cabana when temperatures are soaring and skies are clear? It’s normal to experience these feelings during summer. In fact, there’s a name for it in the workplace: the “summer slump”.
As the sun shines brighter and temperatures rise, it’s common for many of us to experience a dip in motivation known as the “summer slump”. We endure months of snow, sub-zero temperatures, and packing on several layers just to get from the front door to the car. So, during summer, long-awaited vacations, outdoor activities, and a more relaxed atmosphere can make it challenging for businesses to maintain productivity.
In fact, some studies show that as temperatures go up, cognitive performance goes down, and we may feel sleepy or have difficulty concentrating when it’s humid. However, with a proactive approach and effective strategies, there are some ways to keep teams engaged.
Sitting at a desk and staring out the window on a sunny day can lead to some serious FOMO (‘fear of missing out’). Here are some ways to keep employees motivated while making the most of Canadian summers that never seem to last long enough:
Perhaps one of the best ways to address the summer slump is to embrace it. Acknowledge that the change in season may lead to some distractions, and this is often a time for employees to take a vacation and recharge so they can return feeling refreshed and energized to tackle ongoing projects and deadlines. Every team is different, so it’s important to tailor strategies to meet the needs and preferences of your workforce. Regular communication, listening to employees, and gathering feedback can help you identify the most effective ways of beating the summer slump.