No matter who you are or how long you’ve been in your current role, at some point you may feel like you’re lacking the motivation you need to get the job done. No one is immune to this - not CEO’s, Managers, or newbies. Especially with the summer months it can be hard to focus and you may find yourself daydreaming. The best way to peak employee performance during the summer months is to introduce incentives and monitor performance.
Set Goals, Reward Results
Sometimes all we truly need is a common goal to work toward. Developing achievable ‘bite-size’ goals will aid in keeping your employees on track and focused, whether you make these goals daily or weekly is up to you. Commit yourself to checking in on the status of the goals and if anyone needs help achieving them. If you do decide to make these goals weekly then place an incentive to reach the goals by Friday; incentives can include early release on Friday, free or extended lunch, or something of the employee’s choosing. Studies show employees are 12% more productive when they are happy, so use incentives you know they will enjoy .
Encourage Mental Breaks
As we continue to progress in our thinking it has become more acceptable to take breaks throughout the workday in order to ‘reset your brain’ so to speak. Typically in the past professionals would keep their nose to the ground and not come up for air until a task or project was complete. Only in recent years have we truly found the benefit in taking mental breaks and how it can boost not only your productivity, but your creativity as well. John P. Trougakos, an assistant professor at The University of Toronto Scarborough relates mental concentration to the use of a muscle, stating that both need rest and time to recover .
The term ‘evaluation’ tends to get a bad rep because it can be looked at as micromanaging, so make sure your approach doesn’t compliment the negative connotation. The evaluation process is very important in order to monitor employee development and ensure fair compensation. Conversely, it is just as important for your employees to understand when they need to pick up the slack. While evaluating performance isn’t always the most fun process, it is crucial in keeping a productive workforce.