Most statistics about Americans and vacation are downright depressing. But Business Insider recently reported an exception.
"According to a survey by global research firm Gartner, 55 percent of American companies across industries have instituted a summer Friday policy in 2019, up from 44 percent in 2018," writes Ivan De Luce.
This bump in interest in letting employees knock off early in the summer is driven by fear of burnout and a desire to increase morale, he reports. A towering stack of studies shows bosses are right to think that a little more rest and relaxation in the summer will result in more creativity and productivity overall.
But here's another reason to think about trying out a four-day workweek a try this summer: your employees are already convinced they could do their jobs in four days a week.
Your people are primed and ready for a 4-day week.
That's the conclusion of a new report from jobs site Indeed.. To compile it researchers polled some 2,000 Brits about their jobs, uncovering a startling statistic.
"The report's headline finding is that around three-quarters of people (74 per cent) already believe they could do their full time job to the same standard over the course of a four day week," reports Workplace Insight.
You could argue this finding is unique to employees across the pond, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that not only are British workers correct in thinking they could take a whole day off each week and still get their work done, but American workers have a similar amount of slack in their schedule.
Studies have found that most workers actually only work for about three hours a day. Other research revealed that most of us could cram our jobs into five hours a day. We also waste colossal amounts of time on email, giving almost all of us plenty of room to boost productivity and cut our hours.
Finally, plenty of companies (not to mention a whole town in Sweden) who have actually cut down to our days a week have found no fall off in productivity and noticed an increase in employee satisfaction. This is even true in facetime intensive industries, like marketing.
Ease into it with Summer Fridays.
So if both your employees and a huge number of experts already believe you could chop a day off the workweek, what's holding you back? Many managers are leery of being less available for customers or coordination hassles. But experts insist there are ways around these issues, and suggest unsure managers try easing into a shorter workweek.
Summer Fridays are a great way to do that (though some people insist summer Wednesdays off are every better). As its only a seasonal perk, you have a ready made excuse to go back to a standard workweek if you don't like how the experiment turns out. And as so many companies already have reduced schedules this time of year your customers are more likely to be familiar and comfortable with the idea.
So give Summer Fridays a go and see what happens. Chances are a huge majority of your team is already convinced they can make a shorter schedule work. They're just waiting for you to give them a chance to show you.