The benefits of flexible working have been well documented. With the arrival of summer, the notion of having a more fluid work schedule during months when the kids are home becomes even more desirable for many workers. Businesses who have implemented “summer hours” are finding that employees are happier and more productive at work.
Sixty-six percent of workers polled in a survey by Opinion Research Corporation said having a flexible schedule meant they had a better handle on work-life balance during the summer and allowed them to spend more time with their families.
Given the instability in the economy, summer perks seem to be satisfying employees in lieu of raises and bonuses. Summer work arrangements, such as half-day Fridays, are popular because there is minimal cost associated with the practice and are easily to execute. These gestures often boost employee morale and help attract and retain workers. However, large businesses seem to be lagging behind when it comes to summer hours. One study by Hewitt Associates reveals only 10-12 percent of large companies offer flexible summer hours.
Does your company have a summer hours policy in place? Do you feel more motivated because of the more flexible schedule?