All our lives we have been told to kick back and chillax (chill + relax) during the summertime. Summer is our reward for making it through the rough winter months. As kids we live for summer breaks, and parents take time off work for vacations during the summer. Amusement parks and water parks are packed with visitors, and most cities have summer festivals and outdoor activities. However, there is one thing that takes a serious hit during the summer and that’s ‘>workplace productivity.
According to a study by Captivate Network called “Captivate Office Pulse Finds Summer Hours are Bad for Business”, workplace productivity drops 20%, there is a 19% decrease in attendance, projects take 13% longer to complete, and 45% of workers are more distracted during the summer months. Whether or not the company offers flexible hours, productivity goes down according to a Business Insider article called “Some Shocking Facts About How Much Lazier Workers Get During The Summer.”
The reasons for the loss in productivity are simple:
So how can you deal with all of these different forces wreaking havoc on your workplace?
Use the comments section below and tell us about your strategies for boosting employee productivity during the summertime.
Chris Fields is an HR professional and expert resume writer with more than 13 years of experience as a former practitioner and current HR consultant. He is the curator of two websites: CostofWork.com and ResumeCrusade.com , and contributes HR-focused content to many others, including PerformanceICreate.com and SmartRecruiters.com . He has been listed by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 100 Most Social Human Resources Experts to Follow on Twitter”, one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the HR Blogger Network, one of the “25 Must-Read HR Blogs in 2013”, and also featured on Oprah.com. He is very active with the Society of Human Resource Management, working closely with conference directors, communication chairs, and social media teams from Illinois, Oklahoma, and Tennessee to develop social strategies to engage attendees and enhance their conference experience. Chris earned his master’s degree in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State University. In 2005, he moved back to his hometown of Memphis, TN, where he has developed a reputation for helping his clients create HR strategies, and individuals master the tough economic challenges of the South.