We have put together 8 ideas of how to get the best out of your team and stay productive during those long summer days at work, and even create some fun. Who knows, you might even end up looking forward to making pay while the sun shines?

1.     Hold your meetings outside

A little fresh air can rejuvenate everyone giving you and your team brilliant new ideas.  Recent studies have also shown that outdoor meetings are much more productive and encourage all members to participate in the discussions.  Just remember to take your hats and suncream!

2.     Go out to lunch

Even if it’s only for 15 minutes, get up from your desk, go for a walk and eat your lunch outside.  Spending time outside can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, lowering stress hormones and relieving tension.  How about suggesting everyone brings a plate of something and having a team picnic?

3.     Ice lollies in the freezer

Who doesn’t love an ice lolly on a hot day?  Keep a stock in the freezer for those after lunch pick-me-ups.  Get everyone to contribute to the pot and take it turns to get the lollies each week.  It is also a great way to stay hydrated (see point number 6).

4.     Cycle to work

A bit of fresh air and exercise before work will really get the blood pumping and get you ready for the day ahead.  Is your workspace bike friendly with secure lockups?  Try looking into a bike scheme to get others involved.

5.     Make a summer playlist

Get everyone’s ideas of thier favourite summer tunes and share a team’s playlist.  You could even guess who contributed which tune and get to know each other better.

6.     Stay hydrated

It helps with concentration and relieves tiredness.  Experimenting with different fruits and herbs (I like cucumber and mint) can keep it interesting whilst providing valuable vitamins with no calories.  For more ideas here is a link to some receipe ideas: Fruit infused water

7.     Get growing

Why not try growing some flowers or edible plants in the office?  They are guaranteed to brighten everyone’s day and you can even share the harvest.  Another plus is that plants purify the air so, in fact CO2 can be reduced by up to 50% as well as dust, bacteria and mould.  Therefore you could see a reduction in sick days too.

 

8.     Keep cool

Consider being flexible with work start and finish times to avoid the hottest parts of the day; or work the continental way and all for an afternoon ‘siesta’ with a later finish time.

 

Keeping motivated to work during the summer months can be hard, especially when temperatures soar and we see others sharing their holiday snaps and enjoying the summer sun.  So it is really important that you lead by example.  Show your team how to work productively and efficiently whilst still having fun and it will take the ‘heat’ out of working through those hot summer days.