A weak body, reduced strength, and lack of enthusiasm is something that is usually experienced by those who fasting in Ramadan. However, it’s not acceptable if it caused a decrease in work productivity of employees in your company.
As a human resources staff, it is your job to maintain the work productivity of employees, especially those who are fasting. There are some tips and tricks that you can do to maintain or even improve the performance of your employees during Ramadan. Here are some of them:
Allow employees to leave early
There are a lot of companies carried out this method. The reason is so that employees will have the time to break their fast with their families at home. This method is used by companies with most of its employees commuting to the office.
Usually, companies allow employees to go home 1 hour earlier than usual. However, there are also some companies that require their employees who want to go home earlier also has to come to the office 1 hour earlier.
This method proved to be quite effective in increasing the work productivity of employees who fasted. By leaving early, they will be encouraged to complete their work faster.
Change the office atmosphere
There are also several companies that aim to change the atmosphere in the office to avoid the employees’ boredom. Atmospheric changes can be done by simply adding accessories according to ongoing celebrations, such as Christmas, new year, Ramadan and Eid.
You don’t have to make significant changes such as replacing wall paint or work equipment. Simply using accessories such as the Christmas tree in December, or just a poster for the Muslim prayer schedule and iftar while Ramadan is more than enough.
This change in atmosphere can refresh your employee’s minds and make them feel cared for by their supervisor / HRD team. Work productivity will definitely increase thanks to a renewable spirit.
Provide the time for those who want to rest
When fasting, employees certainly cannot smoke, drink coffee/tea, or eat snacks to avoid getting sleepy while working. In fact, getting sleepy is inevitable for those who work indoors and in the air-conditioned workplace.
It’s okay if you allow those who are fasting to take a nap for a moment during lunch break, which is likely to be spent on praying or sleeping because they don’t have to go out to eat lunch.
Employees with enough rest can maintain work productivity during Ramadan. When drowsiness cannot be defeated by coffee or snacks, there is no other way than to close the eyes for a moment right?
Make rooms for movement
Fatigue when fasting is generally caused by a lack of oxygen intake to the brain, which is caused by a lack of fluid intake into the body. But this can be overcome by advising your employees to move some more.
Many health experts say that body movement will reduce pressure on your spine, send oxygen to the muscles and increase blood flow to the brain. With increased oxygen intake in the brain, it will make your employees more fit when fasting.
Give your employee motivations
Giving motivations to employees will not only makes them feel cared for but is also very effective in increasing their work productivity. The motivation you give can be about fasting and Ramadan.
For example, you can remind your employees to get enough sleep and eat healthy foods or drinks at dawn or iftar. But you can also insert some advice such as maintaining discipline in applying and compiling work plans.
Fasting is an obligation for Muslims. However, do not let fasting reduce the performance of your employees in the company where you work.
The five ways above are some of the common tips and tricks carried out by a lot of companies in the world to maintain employee work productivity during Ramadan. If it is done properly, not only you can maintain the work productivity of your employee, but you can also increase it during Ramadan.