The Office Crowds tips to have the best summer ever, whilst working from home.
First, set up your outside space so you can enjoy the warm air and sunshine we have been waiting all winter for! Whether you have a balcony or a garden, make it inviting and comfortable by investing in stackable chairs, outdoor lighting, or even some potted plants to add color.
This way you can enjoy the outdoors while still being able to work! The Office Crowd is actually running a special on stacking chairs right now. These are great indoors and outdoors. Here is a link to what is decking out this blog writer's patio this summer! I love the bright summer green, and they are more than half off right now.
Here is another pro tip! Alway be ready for a good time. Keep a beach bag in your car so that you’re prepared for spontaneous trips to the beach or the lake. This is a great way to give yourself a break from work and enjoy some summer fun!
Or better yet, plan to wake up in the wilderness. The UK has some incredible outdoor spaces, a lot of which you can get a cell signal in, (wink wink) so take that morning teams call from somewhere stunning, just keep the camera off and mute the sounds of the ocean or birds chirping in the background. Need some inspiration? We love this website of our national parks. (link please) https://www.nationalparks.uk/parks/
Planning an office outing is also great way for your team members to bond and get away from their desks. Try organizing a bike ride, outdoor yoga class, or maybe even a picnic in the park. You will be surprised how much you can get done when your team is energized and in nature! Shake off those winter blues together and nail down that new initiative you have been sending endless emails about!
Organizing group walks is also a great way to get some fresh air and take a break from work. Try planning out routes around your neighborhood or local park that everyone can enjoy together. This blog writer makes it a point to grab my earbuds and take my morning calls on a walk around the neighborhood. It is a great way to get that sunshine in your eyes and let your body know it is time to have a productive day.
If you’re working over lunch, why not bring your work outside and have a snack at the park? You can still get your work done while also soaking up some sunshine. You would be amazed how much taking some time for yourself can have a beneficial impact on your work and your overall mood. It will help you to resist the urge to start every afternoon email with the popular yet passive aggressive... "Per My Last Email!"
Organize office sports to keep everyone active and have a little bit of fun. Whether it’s volleyball, frisbee or badminton, this is a great way to stay fit and enjoy the summer weather with your colleagues. Or if your colleagues are more the "watch sports and drink a cold one" type of crowd. Plan on attending a local sporting event together.
Finally, have an office BBQ! It’s the perfect way for everyone to wind down after work and enjoy some delicious food together. It is the summer equivalent of the winter office party, but less fancy dress and more cotton shirts and sun dresses.
This summer, make sure that you’re taking advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoy your work from home lifestyle. Even if you just take one of these tips to heart, it will be better than sitting at your desk all day! Enjoy!