Menlo Park, Calif. — June 25
As temperatures heat up, professionals are looking forward to fun in the sun, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. Flexible schedules (41 percent) and leaving work early on Fridays (28 percent) are the most coveted summer benefits, according to employees polled.
The study also shows employers may be warming up to these perks: Three out of four (75 percent) HR managers interviewed said their company offers flexible schedules during the summer, and more than six in 10 (63 percent) noted that workers are allowed to leave early on Fridays.
The joint surveys of workers and HR managers were developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service, and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey of workers includes responses from 449 working adults 18 or older and employed in office environments. The manager survey includes interviews with 515 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees.
Workers were asked, "Which of the following summer benefits would you most like to have?" Forty-one percent picked flexible schedules; 28 percent said they’d like to leave early on Fridays; 11 percent were interested in activities such as company picnics or potlucks; and 5 percent chose a more relaxed dress code.
HR managers were asked, "Which, if any, of the following summer benefits are offered at your company?" Three out of four said they offer flexible schedules; 63 percent allow workers to leave early on Fridays; 57 percent allow a more relaxed dress code; and 28 percent organize summer activities.
"Workers appreciate having more control over their schedules as they juggle personal and professional obligations," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Organizations that don't offer summer benefits in some form may be missing out on a way to increase employee morale and retention."
"Businesses introducing flexible work arrangements should establish clear policies to ensure productivity isn't negatively affected," Hosking added. "It's beneficial to stagger schedules and cross-train individuals so there's always staff coverage. Conducting regular check-ins with team members who have alternate hours also helps keep projects on track."