Summer’s almost here, and whether it’s the hours, the dress code, or company activities, that means things get a little more relaxed at many workplaces. For most employees, the most appealing summer perks are flexible schedules (39%) and the ability to leave early on Fridays (30%), according to a recent survey by OfficeTeam.
But despite their popularity, companies have cooled off on providing these benefits: 62 percent of human resources (HR) managers reported their organization offers flexible schedules at this time of year, down from 75 percent in a 2012 survey. About three in 10 employers (29 percent) relax their dress codes in the summer months, compared to 57 percent five years ago. Companies with shorter hours on Fridays also fell to 20 percent, a 43-point decline from 2012.
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“It’s natural for employees to get distracted when the weather’s nice and thoughts turn to plans outside the office. But savvy companies maintain staff productivity and morale by embracing summer in the workplace,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “Letting employees modify their schedules, leave early on Fridays or dress more casually when it’s hot out are easy ways to keep them loyal and engaged.”
Make The Most Of Summer
Here are five tips to help staff make the most of summer at work, thanks to OfficeTeam:
- Perk up. Give employees more control over how they spend their time by offering flexible schedules and occasionally letting them leave early on Fridays. Just make sure policies are clear so business can continue as usual.
- Rally for rest. Remind workers to take time off, and set an example by doing so yourself. Bring in temporary professionals to fill in during absences.
- Venture out. Holding meetings outdoors or while taking a walk is a great way to get fresh air while accomplishing business objectives.
- Have some fun. Plan an ice cream break, picnic or group outing. Employees will appreciate being able to relax and bond with colleagues in a non-work setting.
- Dress down. Allow staff who aren’t customer- or client-facing to wear more casual attire, as long as it doesn’t detract from work. You might even consider instituting themed Fridays where Hawaiian shirts or sports apparel are encouraged.