6 Powerful HR Tips to Unlock Employee Potential This Summer

Employee Potential

Summer is here, the change of season brings several human resource related challenges unique to this time of year. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your staff is sitting quietly in their cubicle. To help keep your employees invested in their work here are six powerful tips to unlock summer management.

6 Powerful HR Tips to Unlock Employee Potential This Summer

1. Working on A Summer Day

Picture this: It is a beautiful summer day, but you and your staff are inside working hard to grow the business and revenue. As the days get longer, you will find yourself losing focus, and this can also be said for your staff. If you find your team lacks motivation here are a few ways you can help.

  • Encourage your staff to take vacations
    • Studies show that when your employees take a vacation, they return rejuvenated and refocused.
  • Be Flexible
    • Hold a standing meeting, go outside for a walk, or let your staff work outside for an hour. Or if possible let your team leave early on Friday to start the weekend.
  • Update Goals
    • Usually, goal setting is done at the beginning of the year, but the summer is the perfect time to set new challenges for you and your staff members.

2. Summer Dress Code

As temperatures climb into the 90s and even 100s, it might be time to update your dress code. While your business might have a more lenient dress code, it is still worth updating the code, so there are no awkward situations.

The dress code needs to reflect the season while remaining comfortable and business appropriate.

3. Summer Internships

If you experience an increase in business during the summer months hiring an intern is the perfect solution. However, before you bring on a student, you should be aware of the Department of Labor (DOL) laws that pertain to payment procedures.

Use the primary beneficiary test to determine if your intern is an employee or not.

4. Summer Health Risks

Manufactures, landscapers, and any employee that has employees working in high temperatures need to be extremely mindful.

If your employees are exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time, there could be health risks and possible endangerment.

While there are no specific standards for working in a hot environment, you should still recognize hazards in the work environment.

5. Scheduling During Summer

No matter your business type we can all agree that summer is a time of weird and busy schedules. From baseball games, summer camp, vacation, and everything that goes along with it your employees need flexibility. However, this should not affect the business, and you must do everything possible to make it as smooth as possible.

An easy way to keep your shift schedules and time off requests inline is to ask your staff to request off at least two weeks in advance. Also, have the request processed by their manager first before it comes to you. They work close to the individual and will be able to make an informed discussion.

6. Get Organized

One of the most vital things you can do for your business this season is to get or remain organized. I know that tax season 2019 seems a long way out, but in reality, with so many employees it is good to be prepared. In addition to payroll related tax information, you will also need to maintain ACA compliance and health care coverage details. Thankfully ACAwise offers an all-inclusive online software with secure and reliable ACA compliance tracking year round.

Simply upload your employee information, health insurance plan(s) details and our program will automatically analyze and track your information each day to ensure your full-time employees (or full-time equivalent employees) are receiving the ACA required minimum coverage. From your dashboard, you can see compliance tracking in the form of reports like Eligibility & Affordability, Monitoring & Forecasting Compliance, and even Penalty Calculations.

Since all of your information is already in our system at the end of the year you can e-file with the IRS in just a matter of minutes. If you are interested in adding ACA compliance tracking to your business please contact our US-based support team.

We hope these tips will help you to boost your summer management. Try them out to find what works best for you and your business. What other strategies do you use during the summer? Let us know in the comment section below! And sign-up for your free ACA demo today!

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