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May 03, 2019

How to Bring Summer Into the Office

As the warm weather approaches, you will start to see your employees staring out the window, dreaming of sitting at the beach instead of their cubicles. Of course, summer breaks are a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean the warmer months can’t bring along the opportunity to shake the workplace up a little bit. There are many small things you can do as an employer to bring summer into the office and let your employees know you value their hard work when they would rather be having fun in the sun.

1. Brighten Up the Office

Pull up the shades, open the windows, and let some fresh air and sunlight into the office. If enough natural light comes into the office, even consider turning off a few of the overhead fluorescents. Soaking in some of the sun’s rays will keep the office from feeling stuffy and stagnant.

2. Meetings Outside

Taking your meetings out of the office gives you and your employees the opportunity to relax and recharge while still getting work done. Getting outside and chatting in a park, or even the parking lot, will get everyone’s energy up, even when their back in the office after.

3. Lunch with Your Team

Grabbing lunch with your coworkers, whether you go out or all bring from home, not only allows everyone to get outside but allows for some team building. Moving the conversation away from work relation topics, while physically out of the office, will bring your colleagues closer together.

4. Encourage Walking Breaks

During the winter, most employees take their breaks at their desk to avoid the cold and snow. However, getting in a little exercise during the day will help prevent aches, pains, and even diseases. Suggesting every take a walk, even for only 10 minutes, during their break will help.

5. Get Active with Your Staff

Beyond walking every day, there are plenty of ways you can get your moving during the summer. Starting a company softball league or throwing around a football after work will not only help to bond your staff, but also push them to support each other more in the office.

6. Cool Down with Treats

Although “Happy Hour” is traditionally associated with drinking, it doesn’t have to be. Shutting down the office early for ice cream, lemonade, or an alcoholic beverage will allow for your staff to cool down and blow off some steam, and enjoy summer, even while stuck in the office.

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