Handling the Summer productivity slump…

Yes it’s Summer, holidays are being booked, the weather is hot, hot, hot, and workers all across the country are looking forward to a bit of well-deserved time away from their desks.

But whilst many people will be worrying about how much they can squeeze into their luggage allowance and whether last year’s swimwear still fits, many business owners will have a more pressing concern. As temperatures start to rise, and they certainly have this year!!! how do you ensure that the summer season doesn’t have a negative impact on productivity?

As always, we’re here to help with some practical suggestions. Read on to find out more about what yothe time to think about how you’ll approach the working calendar next summer. As well, it won’t be long before you’ll have to start thinking about how you’ll manage your staff over the Christmas period, so you can probably take away some very important lessons.

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Bring the summer feeling to your office

When the weather’s warmer and there are – let’s face it – many other things that your employees would rather be doing than sitting in the office, it could be worthwhile to think about how you can raise spirits and inject a bit of oomph back into proceedings. If some employees are away on holiday, you can ensure that those who are left behind aren’t feeling deflated and demotivated.

Your approach here needn’t cost you a fortune, there are many options for you to choose from. You could you treat the office to an ice-cream, or you could contact a nearby personal trainer and ask them to lead an outdoor workout for your staff? Or maybe a lunchtime picnic in a local park, small gestures can make all the difference.

Give your HR processes an overhaul

It’s natural that there will be certain times of the year when you notice a change in productivity. Sometimes, slight fluctuations are unavoidable, and you need to simply do all you can to minimise the impact. If reduced productivity has become a longstanding problem though, it’s time to address the reasons why, and do something about it.

Your people processes and procedures will often provide you with clues, and they can also be the remedy. Is your business suffering as a result of poor management practices? Are you using outdated systems? Are your employees dissatisfied with certain aspects of their roles, or the way in which the business is being operated?

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The Living Wage Outrage!

So it’s been a little over a month since we saw the introduction of the National Living Wage but instead of praise for a better bank balance for employees,  there’s been a backlash of outrage against some “tight fisted” employers that have found a way around the legislation that has resulted in some actually being worse off… #livingwageoutrage

So how have they done this? Well, not that I want to name and shame but, let’s take the example being very poorly set by B&Q, they have made changes to employees contracts which take away additional “premium pay” for Sundays and Bank holidays, which used to be set at time and half and double time respectively.  The new contracts are getting rid of some long standing bonuses of around 6% AND those that don’t sign these new terms can have their employment terminated and lose any accrued bonus.  These changes now mean that some of their staff are out of pocket by hundreds or even thousands of pounds!  Would you sign up to that??

They, along with other companies guilty of removing premium pay packages, have said that they have made the changes to be fair across the board and that some employees will be better off under the new terms.  Unfortunately others will not and as one whistle-blower said “this is a kick in the teeth being loyal”.

Some other big name companies are clawing back the pennies by revoking perks previously offered to some staff to be able to give the increase to others, here are some examples:

EAT are taking away the 30 minute paid breaks, which sees some employees £936 worse off, however they have extended the £7.20 minimum wage to all staff regardless of age.

Zizzi have reduced their choice of free food for some employees resulting in a hit of £520 a year, but have said they now make discounted food available to all staff.

Café Nero have taken away a free panini, yes really a simple free panini, which sees their employees worse off by £364 over the year.

George Osborne has commented “this is not in the spirit of this law, this is not how it was intended.”  However, he must have seen it coming… it was predicted that to cover the extra wage bill, an additional £3 billion pounds a year would need to be found from somewhere and that in fact 60,000 jobs could be lost by 2020.

But while some giveth just to taketh away.   Aldi and Lidl have really stepped up and in fact increased their wage to £8.40ph for all staff, saying that the best way to maintain profitability and make these increases work, is to make every one of those hours for every employee as productive as possible, and I think that’s a great example to set.

Do you want to be an employer like Aldi or Lidl, but just don’t know how to boost productivity? Get in touch and let us see where we can help. #livingwageoutrage

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Thanks to ITV’s this morning: find their report here http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/the-new-living-wage-outrage