“The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”-Tim Kreider, The New York Times.
As summer approaches, it brings a sense of warmth, relaxation, and the perfect opportunity to embrace the power of rest. In this blog post, we’ll explore how incorporating restful practices into the workplace can revitalize your workforce and create a thriving work environment. From harnessing the energy of nature to prioritizing work-life balance, discover the strategies to make the most of the summer season.
Harnessing the Energy of Nature:
Encourage your employees to take breaks, step outside, and soak up some Vitamin D. Research shows that spending time outdoors improves mood, reduces stress, and enhances overall well-being. By organizing team-building activities out in nature or allowing flexible work arrangements, you can recharge your team and create a revitalizing work atmosphere.
Prioritizing Work/Life Balance:
Summer offers the opportunity to reassess work-life balance. Consider implementing a flexible summer schedule, such as adjusted hours or shorter work weeks. This allows employees to enjoy the season while crossing off their to-do lists. Promoting a healthy work-life balance fosters a happier workforce, increases productivity, enhances job satisfaction, and reduces turnover rates. 57% of organizations in the United States already offer flexible summer work schedules.
Planning and Prioritizing Breaks:
Proactively plan for employee breaks as summer approaches. Communicate expectations around vacation time and encourage employees to use accrued time off. Transparently setting expectations upfront ensures effective workload management during absences. By facilitating well-deserved breaks, you demonstrate your commitment to employee well-being and create an environment that values rest as an essential component of a successful workplace.
Encouraging Restful Activities:
Summer presents a plethora of restful activities that benefit both individuals and teams. Consider organizing outdoor team-building activities, mindful exercises, or wellness challenges. By providing opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, your organization can foster a positive workplace culture with reduced stress levels.
Recess at Work Day”, observed on June 16th, is an excellent opportunity for companies to celebrate the importance of rest, relaxation, and fun in the workplace. Here are some ideas your company can leverage:
Create a Dedicated Recess Area:
Transform an office area into a dedicated “recess area” with comfortable seating, games, and activities to encourage employees to unwind and take short breaks throughout the day. This designated space can serve as a retreat for employees to relax, socialize and recharge.
Organize Friendly Competitions:
Plan friendly competitions or games that promote camaraderie and teamwork among employees. Consider team-building activities, trivia contests, or even mini-sports tournaments. Engaging in friendly competition fosters a sense of community and allows employees to enjoy a break from their daily tasks.
Surprise Treats and Snacks:
Nothing brings joy like unexpected treats! Surprise your employees with delicious snacks, beverages, or even an ice cream truck visit. Providing special treats throughout the day adds an element of excitement and serves as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work.
By seizing the opportunity to embrace the importance of rest, you can lead your organization toward greater success while nurturing the well-being of your employees.
The Society for Human Resource Management
The Busy Trap-Tim Kreider, The New York Times