Poll states obvious: workers want to leave early on Fridays, be outside in summer

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The results of a new nationwide Office Team survey are clear: once summer rolls around, employees crave flexible schedules and early Friday quitting times.

About 38 percent of 457 workers polled said they want the flexible schedules , and 32 percent said they want to leave work early on Fridays.

“Employees appreciate flexibility in their jobs because it gives them greater control and enables them to handle other commitments without sacrificing their work performance,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, in a statement.

Other “summer perks” workers preferred included more relaxed dress codes and summer activities such as potlucks or picnics.

Hoskings stopped short, however, of recommending that companies shift all employees into full vacation mode, however. “Companies should pilot flexible schedule programs before rolling them out permanently,” he said, adding that the move would give businesses time to “evaluate the impact on workflow and productivity.”