Use These Tricks to Help Your Employees Beat the Afternoon Slump

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All work and no play makes for a dull office. But even the best companies and most vibrant cultures aren’t immune to their employees falling victim to the afternoon slump.

It usually hits between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Once one worker complains about being tired, the sentiment spreads until productivity slows, or dips completely. Eyes glaze over computer screens. “Bathroom breaks” become more frequent. Everyone looks so drained, you almost want to shake them awake (but won’t, because you know workplace harassment isn’t cool).

We’ve come up with a few strategies to turn this behavior around, get the energy up, and resurrect your team until they’re back to their normal, happy-go-lucky selves — or at the very least, not looking like an advertisement for nap time.

Set up a coloring station

Just make sure you set up a timer — the last thing you need is to have employees more focused on completing coloring books of cats, than completing their actual work.

Send out a writing prompt  

Ask them to write down their career goals, what project they’ll complete by EOD, their biggest accomplishment of the week so far…see where we’re going with this? Get them pumped up about all that they can — and will — accomplish.

Get them moving

Don’t turn your workplace into a dance studio, but do encourage workers to stand up, stretch — whatever it takes to stimulate not only their body, but their minds as well.

Encourage snack time

Yet another fun, free perk you can offer employees that work best when their stomach is full.

Declutter

Urge employees to clean out everything, from their computer files and inbox, to their work areas. It’ll help clear their minds, and make it more manageable to tackle their workload.

Play a game

While we don’t recommend Twister, we do suggest team-building games like Catchphrase, or using card game favorites like Uno or Spit to bring your team together…in an appropriate manner.

Go out for a team lunch or impromptu trip

Go for a long walk in a park, then end the trip with a pit-stop at a food truck, bakery, or vegan hotspot. They’ll head back inside fully refreshed, and ready to hit the ground running.

Put together a playlist

Some find music distracting, so send out some of high-energy tunes and give them the option of giving it a listen during their working hours, or beforehand (because really, what’s better than starting the work day with some Beyoncé?)

Reward those that get sh*t done

Not sure what to do? Offer to buy them a breakfast sandwich the following morning, let them come in late or leave early the next day, or offer to write them a LinkedIn recommendation.

Send out a motivational email

Include a really random, funny GIF for extra coolest-manager/boss-in-the-world points.

Treat them to a team happy hour…IF they finish all their work

Nothing motivates employees like the promise of cheap drinks and yummy appetizers.

Have a brainstorming session

Knocking two productivity pins with one ball? Go you!

How do you keep your employees motivated throughout the day? Share in the comments!


Does networking make you nauseous? Have trouble delivering your personal pitch? Join us for our free virtual workshop “How to Not Suck at Networking” on Wednesday, March 8th from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. You’ll learn how to dress the part, kill it in conversations, and walk away with new friends — and potentially, new job opportunities! Learn more and register here: findspark.com/event/virtual-networking-workshop

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