Quebec summers are short, and with only two or three weeks of vacation to take advantage of the warm weather, employees can start getting restless as they watch the summer pass them by from the window of their office. Here are a few ways you can help them make the most of their summer while being more productive and engaged at their desk!
Provide outdoor tables and chairs for lunch and breaks
Provided there is space, employers can also set up a badminton or volleyball net for some friendly tournaments!
Start a walking club
Every company usually has at least one employee for whom fitness and health is of high importance and they are usually more than happy to get their less-active colleagues moving by leading a short lunchtime power walk. Perhaps you even have a tai chi or yoga instructor on staff that is willing to lead some energizing fitness lunches?
Join a corporate sports league
In many areas corporate softball or soccer leagues exist and companies can join for a minimal cost. Not only is it a great way to build team spirit, but often families get involved by coming by to cheer on their loved ones or substituting for team members on vacation. A great time – win or lose!
Sponsor a corporate team for a fundraising activity
There is no end to the number of non-profit organizations that hold walks, runs, bike rides, or even boating events; to raise funds for their cause. Get employees involved in picking a cause that is dear to their heart so they can work as a team to raise money and train for the big day!
Ice cream day!
Surprise employees by bringing in some cold treats! Nothing says summer better than a Popsicle dripping all over your keyboard.
Offer summer hours or a compressed workweek
Many companies are now allowing employees to get the weekend off to an early start by closing early on Fridays in the summer. Can’t afford to let employees leave early? Another option is to offer a compressed workweek in the summer. For example, four 10-hour days, but Fridays’ off.
Offer part-time work schedules or leaves of absence
For many businesses summers can be a quiet period but companies do not want to force reduced work hours for fear of losing employees or causing disgruntlement. Why not offer it to those interested? Certain employees may appreciate being able to voluntarily go down to a part-time work week for the summer, or even take an unpaid summer off to spend time with their families or travel.
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