It’s the dog days of summer and your employees are lazy and distracted. They’re dreaming of the next vacation, bustling to get the kids ready for school, or maybe they’re burnt out because they didn’t get enough time off.
It doesn’t really matter what time of year it is, any season can bring distractions, stress, and low team productivity. How you manage your teams can make all the difference and help them stay fresh and focused.
Here are 3 tips to get your team refocused and engaged.
Encourage recovery and renewal
It might seem counter intuitive to encourage recovery and renewal at a time when you want to boost productivity. Yet, research shows that when we fuel physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy, we are happier and more productive.
According to Tony Schwartz, CEO and Founder of the Energy Project, employees who take a break every 90 minutes report a 30 percent higher level of focus than those who take no breaks or just one during the day. They also report a nearly 50 percent greater capacity to think creatively and a 46 percent higher level of health and well-being.
Some companies even have “nap rooms” where employees can duck in between meetings to sit quietly, take a few deep breaths, or a short power nap. A short twenty-minute nap can boost alertness and improve performance
Shake up old routines
It’s easy to get stuck in old patterns of behavior that breed complacency and drain our energy. When your team’s energy is low, it’s a perfect time to shake things up.
Change up meeting protocol by holding a standing huddle or “walk and talk” meeting. This will shift the energy and create a sense of excitement, not to mention the added benefit of physical exercise. We all know that sitting is considered the new smoking, so the more you get people up out of their chairs, the better.
Stage a ‘visit a job’ day where employees choose to shadow a co-worker. Everyone shares what they learned and admire about the job they visited. Employees strengthen relationships and are energized by learning something new and you broaden the skill set in your organization.
Ramp up the energy
Being physically active is the best thing you can do to boost employee energy and productivity. A great way to do this is to start every meeting with a few minutes of physical activity. Try “stand up roll call” for example. Call out agenda items to be discussed and ask people to stand when they hear a topic that relates to them. Or, how about a 3pm dance party? Play some tunes and get everyone on their feet for 5-minutes. Whatever works for you and your team, go for it!
What productivity hacks have worked for you in the past? Which ones are you going to try out? Let me know @you_excel!
For more healthy meeting ideas download the American Cancer Society’s Meeting Well A Tool for Planning Healthy Meetings and Events.
Houston Chronicle. Fun Active Ideas to Start a Meeting
This post was written by Sandy Asch, Principal. Sandy Asch is Principal of Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC, bestselling author of ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World Famous San Diego Zoo Way, an internationally recognized speaker, global consultant, best place to work expert and architect of the Resilience at WorkTM model.