These are two of the most coveted words in any job-seeker’s list of needs and wants.
Flexible scheduling and summer benefits are some others.
For many employees, summertime is a constant battle of work-life balance. In between fishing trips, boating, golfing, barbeques and pool time, there is that eight hour stretch from sunrise to sunset that hampers time for fun in the sun. If you live in a climate which experiences four seasons, this time is especially precious.
Over 400 employees and 500 human resource managers were polled in a new study conducted by OfficeTeam. Forty-one percent of workers expressed an interest in flexible scheduling and 28 percent wanted half-day Fridays during the summer months.
A majority of employers surveyed were found to be giving employees what they want:
- 75% of employers surveyed allowed flexible scheduling
- 63% enabled half-day Fridays during the summer
- Over 50% of employers enabled a more casual dress code
- Over 25% offered a company picnic or activity day
- 6% offered no benefits
Many companies find the benefits to be a morale booster, as employees need more flexibility to juggle their busy summer schedules, said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam.
How can your company introduce these summer benefits? Will it decrease productivity? Will it cost the company?
Another survey says no. Employees are actually more apt to work harder and more efficiently during business hours when they are promised early leave on Fridays. The study, conducted by Patron Spirits, surveyed 1,200 people. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed agreed that a Summer Friday initiative would boost morale and increase productivity.
Employers take note: You could be missing out on some great potential employees, just by the seasonal benefits that are definitely considered and noticed!
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