Joni Daniels

Hitting a Summer Slump? You Can Get Your Workplace Culture on a Winning Streak

The beginning of summer is marked with anticipation and excitement. There is an expectation that things will slow down a bit. You can almost hear the screech of tires in parking lots as colleagues exhale and people skip through the hallways and out the door on their way to vacation. In offices and plants all over the country, it seems as though folks have mentally made a shift and emotionally closed the door on working at full speed.

It is predictable that as summer approaches, so does a corresponding slump. Employees shift their thoughts and focus to the warmer weather vacations, or time off. Then after they go on vacation or take a 3-day weekend, there is the return and adjustment to work as they ease in to routines and ramp back up. As people go and return from vacation, there may be only a few weeks during the summer months when a full team attends a meeting.

How does a leader ensure that employees stay engaged during the restless but laid back months of summer?

NOT EXASPERATED, EXCITED
Instead of becoming frustrated, use June, July, and August to re-energize and revamp your corporate culture.  Our current reality is that in today’s corporate culture flexible work hours, enhanced family leave policies, and technology have all helped create a new definition for how we work. As a leader, you have many more options and resources available to you to create a winning corporate culture that is not limited by the time of year.

Although summer vacation season is a hard habit to break. Here are some ideas about how to eliminate a potential slump:

It’s easy to slow down during the summer and assume that a decline in work output, energy and enthusiasm is just the way it is. You can reverse the slow-down in momentum by using these tips to help build a healthy summer corporate culture.  Your employees may be surprised but they will appreciate the results when your team goes from a summer slump to a winning streak.