Forget the back to school blues, after three months of intermittent holiday breaks, brilliant weather, summer parties and bank holiday weekends, getting back into a normal working routine is a huge challenge for office workers everywhere to overcome. By not acknowledging the natural lull employees often feel at this time of year, business owners can leave their workforce feeling uninspired and unproductive during some of the most important months of the year.
Motivating staff and focussing on promoting healthy work-life habits after the fragmented summer months is essential in order to kick off the upcoming quarter in the best way possible, as well as stimulating productivity and emotional wellbeing across your company.
In many industries the summer is full of exciting plans and events, so Autumn can be seen as fairly dull in comparison. However, organising fun morale-boosting activities and creating a lively company culture can have a huge impact on how employees approach the end of the year.
Incentives such as strategically timed team away days or office charity events are great ways to instil a sense of enthusiasm, as well as ensuring that your employees feel appreciated for their efforts over the summer. Try introducing these unexpectedly, perhaps before work or in the middle of the working day, when energy levels are naturally depleted.
Look towards the future
When employees return from their summer getaways, business leaders should always try to remind them that the autumn and winter months are just as exciting as those warmer months’ past. Company Christmas events will need to be planned well in advance and getting groups of employees involved in the organisation and booking of venues and vendors will not only build excitement but also ensure that you are prepared well in advance of the festive season.
Flexibility is key
With kids returning to school, September also throws up a whole host of changes and timetable adjustments for working parents. As a business owner, there are a number of ways you can help your employees who are parents to work smarter, whether that be through working remotely a few days a week or introducing more general flexibility into their schedules over the next few months.
Finishing work early once a week so that parents can collect their children from school, can also alleviate any personal pressures and inevitably make your company a more appealing place to work; setting a precedent for how parents should be treated in the workplace. These flexible opportunities not only help employees in balancing their personal and professional life but also allow for a healthier lifestyle and increased efficiency too. It’s a win-win!
New month, fresh perspective
Shaking up the office aesthetics in order to give a new lease of life to your working environment after the summer months can also help to boost motivation. A simple desk reshuffle, a lick of paint, or a change in the seating plan will inject a new lease of life into a generic office environment. The change-up could also be a great opportunity for new friendships to grow and promote a more inclusive, sociable culture.
As much as we all enjoy our summer getaways, the reality of the post-holiday blues can often come as an unwelcome blow. Therefore, business owners must take the time to make sure employees feel inspired and view Autumn as a great opportunity to set new targets for the last quarter of the year and see things from a fresh perspective.
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