WHO CAN FORGET THE SCORCHING SUMMER OF 2018?
Britain basked in record-breaking temperatures and unbroken sunshine for what seemed like an eternity. Sun worshippers revelled in conditions more at home in the Med than in Middlesbrough!
But it wasn’t just a record-breaking heatwave capturing the nation’s attention last summer. We also had a Royal Wedding, the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon… not to mention a bevy of music festivals – all welcome distractions for a nation more used to summers of wash outs rather than heat waves.
Yup, the summer of 2018 will no doubt be fondly remembered by many. But not by all…
AS TEMPERATURES RISE, PRODUCTIVITY FALLS
The record-breaking summer of 2018 may have caused the mercury to sore, but it also coincided with a nationwide drop in productivity across many UK businesses.
Of course, there will have been a multitude of other factors at play here (dare we mention Brexit…?), but if you decided to sneak a day off to enjoy the warm weather, you probably weren’t the only one.
Whilst ‘motivation’ is a buzzword that applies year-round, when the sun is shining and summer holidays are on our minds, it’s all too-easy for people to become distracted from their usual day-to-day activities.
The lure of the great outdoors, relaxing in the sunshine or meeting up in a beer garden with friends can often be a huge barrier to motivation in the workplace. In fact, 68% of workers say they daydream more during warm summer days and 63% also admit to leaving the office early to enjoy some summer sun.
However, it’s not just the glorious weather that can take people’s minds off work.
As temperatures rise on the outside, places of work can become increasingly uncomfortable on the inside – be it due to ineffective ventilation or air conditioning, being too dark or simply uninspiring.
A great working environment can play a huge part in the motivation of your workforce year-round – but in the glare of the hot summer sun, the problems of an uncomfortable working environment can be seriously amplified.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT A SUMMER SLUMP IN STAFF MOTIVATION
Of course, a stunning summer is never guaranteed (at the time of writing, it’s 10 degrees and bucketing down with rain… joy!).
But, when the enigmatic British summer time does finally make an appearance, there are a number of simple things you can try to keep your staff motivated and engaged in their jobs.
We’ve put together a handy infographic of the top four tips to help summertime motivation – why not try them for yourself in your workplace?