Ever sit by the office window on a beautiful Friday afternoon, wondering why you’re stuck in your cubicle when you should be outdoors sipping an iced coffee in the sun?
Well if you work for the growing number of companies who offer Summer Fridays, then you don’t have to come up with an excuse (sick day, anyone?) for getting an early start to your weekend. A new study by consulting firm CEB, which surveyed 220 human resource leaders worldwide, found that 42% of organizations now offer some variation of the Summer Friday perk — that’s up from 21% in 2015.
While you’d think Summer Fridays would hurt productivity, truth is, most people are checked out by Friday afternoons anyway. “It’s not like people are really killing it at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the middle of the summer,” Brian Kropp, HR practice leader at CEB, said to Bloomberg. So by offering Summer Fridays, companies are helping improve employee engagement by just formalizing a policy that already reflects the reality of how people tend to work in the summer.
Of course, the definition of a Summer Friday varies widely by company. If an employer is feeling especially generous, this could mean workers get to leave early every Friday throughout the summer. In other scenarios, a company may designate a certain number of Fridays an employee can take off at their discretion, or designate specific Fridays that the whole company takes off. Also, some companies may require an employee to work additional hours Monday through Thursday in order to make up for the lost Summer Friday hours.
Still, if your company offers you the ability to take time out of the office without dipping into your paid time off, that’s always a good thing. If your employer has yet to jump on the Summer Friday bandwagon, then you might need these tips for how to beat burnout at work. Or if your boss still needs some convincing to get with the times, try explaining to them why six-hour workdays might just be more beneficial.