NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- No small-business owner wants their employees lazing in the park all week, but a little sunshine during the workday can be a boost to energy and productivity. If you want to offer your workers a few outdoor escapes this summer, here's how to do it right.
Take lunch meetings outside
If your employees have a lunch meeting to attend, suggest a restaurant with outdoor seating, says Steven Raz, co-founder and managing partner at executive search firm Cornerstone Search Group.
"If it's a really nice day out, there's no point being stuck inside at a dark restaurant or ordering in sandwiches to a conference room," Raz says. "Get out and spend that hour or hour and a half in the sun."
For businesses that have a common area or courtyard onsite, look into doing a cookout if there is a grill, or doing a picnic or potluck lunch, says Paul Millard, co-founder and managing partner of executive search firm The Millard Group.
"Do it during the lunch hour when your employees would be having downtime anyway. It's good for people to get away from their desks for a brief period," he says. "When they go back in, they are more energized than if they worked straight through lunch or spent 15 minutes in the car driving to get lunch."
A team lunch is also something your employees appreciate, Millard says.
"When they see you slaving over a hot grill, it's something that goes noted," he says.
Encourage roaming around the office park
One of the best investments Millard says his company ever made: wireless headsets for long-range phone conversations.