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3 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated during Vacation Season

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It's hard to keep your teams focused when the weather is warm and everyone heads to the beach on the weekends. But, with Q3 as a critical time for innovation , your teams need to work harder than ever.

Here are some ideas other than just demanding that they focus:

1) Innovation competition with financial incentive:

If an employee or team develops an idea/product that is salable in Q1, the team receives a bonus of $1000 (split among team members), plus 10% commission on all product sales for the duration of Q1 next year.

2) Hours competition with flextime incentive:

If your company depends on generating billable hours, run a competition for the greatest quantity of billable hours (be careful that employees don't pad hours). The winner receives a ½ day of flextime to use at their discretion.

3) Company group lunches on the last Friday of each month:

a. It sounds counterintuitive, but if you provide planned "goof off" time, your employees will get it out of their systems and get back to work. They can all compare vacation plans during the lunches, share stories, bond with each other a bit, and then move on.

Just remember, however you choose to motivate your teams: Q3 is a critical time for next year's financial success. Make sure they stay on task.


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  • I am also an entrepenuer, and we have a specialized product for employee incentives called Ribbon.  Thought these may be of interest.  


  • Employee motivation is one of the most impotent part in organisational behavior I think the above all points is very effective for employee motivation

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