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Employees Say 'Summer Fridays' Make Them Work Harder

Employees Say 'Summer Fridays' Make Them Work Harder Credit: Summer in office image via Shutterstock

All that's needed for businesses to have a more productive and happy staff is to cut the workweek a little over the summer, according to employees in a new survey.

The survey of more than 1,200 employed adults found that workers believe being afforded "Summer Fridays"  – which may entail having the day off or simply shortening it  –  would make them better workers the rest of the week.

Three-quarters of the surveyed employees said having a Summer Friday policy would both boost morale and be an effective tool for increasing productivity.

In addition, more than 70 percent thought it could improve their work-life balance.

"Employers take note, our survey clearly indicates that if you offer people the ability to take a Summer Friday, they'll be happier and actually more productive during working hours," said Jennifer Long, brand director at Patron Spirits, the owner and marketer of Ultimat Vodka, which conducted the study.

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Twelve percent of the surveyed employees said they are currently offered a summer policy. Of those who receive the benefit, however, more than 40 percent said often forfeit it because their workload is so heavy.

Those who do enjoy Summer Fridays spend their time off in a variety of ways. Eighty-six percent use the perk to start their weekend early, while 79 percent catch up on chores in order to have more time to enjoy their weekend.

The research was based on surveys of more than 1,200 employed adults.

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.