After months of cold and dreary weather, the long-awaited arrival of summer can result in a slump in employee productivity. Real Views explores how simple changes to office design and flexible workplace policies can help to keep employees engaged and focused.
Workers may be struggling with the heat, daydreaming about long lunches in the park or simply unable to find clients who aren’t on holiday.
An Approved Index survey of UK office workers found 62 percent reported that they became less efficient during the summer, while over half admitted to working fewer hours. It’s a similar story in North America; research from Captivate Network suggests projects take longer to complete and workers are more distracted during the summer months. Yet simple changes to office design and flexible workplace policies can help to keep employees engaged and focused.
Tackling the productivity challenge
Ensuring offices are equipped to deal with hotter summer months is key. Air conditioning is among the most valued facilities yet finding a temperature that pleases everyone is often a challenging task. Desk fans or floor plans indicating hot desks directly in the line of air con units may help those in need of additional cooling. Additionally, easy access to water coolers can help people to feel more comfortable.
Outdoor space such as roof gardens also have an appeal in hotter months; some companies have been introducing pop-up outdoor office enclosures complete with WiFi outlets and desks.
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