Are you “in tune” with your employees? Summertime provides a wealth of opportunities for employee engagement. July and August tend to be more casual months when barbeque and beaches are in the forefront of everyone’s minds, so why not use that mindset to organize events and company fun to cultivate relationships with your employees?
According to Bob Aronson, CEO and founder of the Aronson Communications Group, “If communications is not your top priority, all of your other priorities are at risk.” Keeping that in mind, spend some time planning summertime events that increase the level of communications between you and your employees. Get-togethers that promote unity and team spirit should be at the top of the list. Here are some examples:
Host a Summertime Vision Group
Your vision for your company should be shared with those who work for you. Andy Parsley of Green Lion, in his publication titled “A Road Map to Employee Engagement” lays it out in three simple steps:
1. Have a vision of where you want to get to.
2. Clearly and persuasively communicate that vision to employees.
3. Be consistent in your behaviors as you strive to achieve that vision.
Summertime Vision Groups are great opportunities to review your company’s vision, discuss your goals and mission statement, and set employee and management expectations. It’s also a good idea to review year-to-date performance and get employee buy-in to proposed changes to increase efficiency and performance.
Promote and Participate in Company Sponsored Fun
Organizing the event is one thing. Participating in it is something else entirely. If you truly want to increase your level of employee engagement, be a part of the event you put together. Grill some burgers at the company barbeque. Be a kid again and play some games with the men and women who work for you. Get in the middle of it all and have everyone take pictures to decorate their cubicles or break room. Your smiling face and a pleasant memory of your fun workplace can go a long way towards helping them through a bad day some time in the future.
Invest in Training or Team Building Exercises
Ken Blanchard, author of “The One Minute Manager” and leadership authority, simplifies the team-building concept with the words, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” The summer months are typically the best time of year to do training and team building, provided it’s not your busy season. Encourage employee engagement by offering choices of exercises or seminars. Allowing workers to participate in the decision-making process gives them a sense of ownership that will increase productivity and employee retention numbers.
Offer Reduced Hours and Flexible Schedules for the Summer
There’s no gift more precious than the gift of time during the summer. Everyone wants to spend more hours with family, go on vacation, or take a long weekend at the beach. Morale is important. Successful companies are those that have happy employees. Marilyn Carlson, former CEO of Carlson Companies, says it best, “On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.” Is that what your company offers?
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