Weekend Ideas To Help Store Owners Thrive

It’s Friday… and that means the weekend is almost here! Yet for many store owners and retail associates, there is not really a “break” in their day-to-day lives since it’s likely they work weekends… Insert sigh here…

Or insert a smile! There are some fun ways to help lift the moods of employees who are working weekends in retail stores. Besides the (hopefully) obvious – that you are working in a store that sells great product and has great customers – consider having weekend ideas that can help create a more exciting work enviornment.

Saturdays and Sundays can be busy for retailers, so employees can expect shorten lunch breaks, tired feet, long days and little down time. This may be good for your cash register, but it can leave employees – or yourself – beat. Introducing the tradition of something just for employees can be a fun way to help the day go by. Consider having pizza delivered for lunch, or introduce a pot luck style lunch where everyone brings something. You can get creative – one week it can be Mexican food, another week sandwiches and chips. Food isn’t always a perk (depends on who you are talking to!) so consider other options that can lift  moods. Have a daily contest to jump-start sales, increase employee motivation and create some fun! Open the store and close the store with a “dance off” – louder than normal music, dancing while cleaning, laughing, etc – all while you prep and close for the day. Surprising your employees with an extra “perk” is always nice, too. Whether it’s a quick coffee run to your favorite local coffee shop (on the store, of course) or giving employees a pair of movie tickets for a job well done, the ideas are endless. It can even be fun to leave your employees guessing – wondering what Saturday or Sunday will bring… yet knowing it will bring something “extra”.

Employee appreciate goes a long way, and certainly appreciating yourself does, as well. So make sure to take it up a notch every now and again… or even every weekend… to keep your spirits lifted and your job fun!



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