Boost your Summer Production with these 5 tips
Summer can be frustrating! Between juggleing employee vacations and battling with your own desire to be outside, it can seem like summer production is never going to be as good as the other three seasons. Wait! It doesn’t have to be this way! There are ways that small businesses like yours can take advantage of summer and actually Boost production.
Production is an vital part of payroll because it determines how much value an employer gets out of each and every employee. It is one thing to pay employees competively, but it’s entirely different matter if the high pay rates and employee production differ. We are very famililiar with the struggle small businesses face when summer is here.
Now that summer has arrived and in full swing, we want to help our clients get the best summer has to offer! So here are the secrets you need to boosting your production this summer:
- Offer Unlimited Time Off
Wait! Hold on a Second! This is crazy. Right? Still offering unlimited time off has a way of boosting production if you work it correctly. More and more companies are adopting this policy but telling workers that there is a caveat: their work must be done correctly and on time. As long as employees get thejob done, they can spend as much time away from the office as they want during the summer.
Encourage Working Outside
If it’s practical for your small business, you can boost production by encouraging your employees to work outside. This is ideal if they have laptops. They can take their laptops to a local park and bask in the warmth while completing their reports. They can make sales calls or get together for collaborative meetings at an outdoor cafe. It all works because people love being outside during the summer. Being outdoors will give your employees a sense of freedom, opportunity, and creativity. Not to mention, they will feel invigorated and motivated to work hard for you. Not a lot of employers do this. This is one way you’ll stand out amongst the crowd and be one of the top employers in our community.
3.Expand Casual Friday
Small businesses that normally adhere to causual Friday schedule can boost production by expanding it to other days of the week. I bet your employees would love to come to Casual Monday. It’d take the sting out of their Mondays and help them be more relaxed at the beginning of the week. Some businesses have made it a point to be casual from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Every day is a good day for a nice pair of jeans and a polo shirt. Fridays are reserved for shorts and t-shirts. This simple show of appreciation has been proven to boost production during the summer.
- Limit Overtime
In the summer, there is nothing like mandatory overtime to kill an employee’s desire to be as productive as possible. They want the freedom to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is good. Think about it… Are you personally motivated to give it your all, if you have to work every weekend? Probably not. Limiting mandatory overtime during the summer seasson could be very helpful in motivating your employees to work harder during the week.
Throw a Party or Two
Finally, boost summer prodcution by throwing a party or two for your employees. Take a Friday afternoon and shut things down an hour early and take every body out to the parking lot for grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Or you could take it a step further and take them out for a meal. There are a lot of nice restaurants around Longmont and Lyons. Some of our favorite places are 2020 Food & Wine Bar in Prospect & Mama Mead’s Pizzeria in Longmont. You could even have a nice picnic in LaVern Johnson Park in Lyons with the river near by. You can also have them invite their families to this party. Or if your not up for food, how about renting out Sunset Pool and have a pool party? Wow! Just think of the reaction your employees will have if they get to have some fun and possibly a meal. A handfull of summer parties boosts morale, increases employee cohesion, and even stimulate creativity. You might be surprised how much work gets done by a couple of guys standing around a grill. Psst… Don’t forget this can be a tax deduction for your business.
This summer doesn’t have to be a production killer. It could be your best summer ever! If you are willing to invest in strategies that make summer more enjoyable for your employees, you can actually boost prodution during what is normally a down season. Try it. You might be surprised by the results.