What’s your productivity level like at 4pm on a Friday? My guess is pretty low, especially when the sun’s shining outside and the weekend is so close you can almost touch it.

In the summer months, people are likely to have more plans, and want to be outside enjoying the weather hence why it’s believed that Friday workdays are easier to complete in the winter. After four full days in the office, Fridays can drag, which is why some companies are introducing ‘Summer Fridays’ in which the option to leave early, or even take the day off completely is available to employees.

CEB, a consulting firm, conducted a study on Summer Fridays and it revealed that 42% of organisations asked are offering employees the option this summer – that’s double the amount from two years ago.

With most employees ‘mentally checked-out’ as HR practice leader of CEB Brian Kropp describes it, many employers are finding the benefits in allowing a three-day weekend, in terms of overall productivity of employees.

Benefits

Allowing employees to be flexible with their Friday work-day avoids the potential slow, low-quality work performed in the last hours of the day due to fatigue.

“Summer Fridays are effective at re-engaging employees, because from an employee perspective the company is putting their money where their mouth is, giving the gift of time. An engaged employee will work harder those other four and a half days, and they’re less likely to quit during the summer”, Brian Kropp says.

Things to Consider

What’s important when implementing Summer Fridays into your office is whether employees can afford to slope off at 1pm instead of 6pm.

General guidelines should be known by all, the most important being that all of the weeks’ work is complete and deadlines are met before an employee chooses to leave. This way, nothing is compromised and no damage to the company will be done just because an employee wants to get down the pub a few hours earlier. Many companies who have brought Summer Fridays into the office focus on the amount of productive work done, rather than hours worked.

Clients and customers should also be aware of Summer Fridays, and some companies may require employees to still be available for clients to contact them until general work hours are over on a Friday:

“That can be done with an out-of-office message that offers a cell phone number,” continues Kropp. “You need to communicate that customers matter; you can’t wait until Monday to respond. This isn’t traditional time off where you can be completely disconnected.”

Taking into consideration the above factors, Summer Fridays have the potential to boost productivity – and happiness – amongst employees and so seem to be a win-win for both employees and employers. What are your thoughts?


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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