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Summer Flex Scheduling: A Review of the Pros & Cons

Posted on May 31, 2014
Debra KabalkinWritten by Debra Kabalkin | Email author

Summer Flex Scheduling: A Review of the Pros and ConsAfter the long and dreary winter with the record amounts of snowfall, summer has finally arrived!

During the summer months people start to lose focus on Friday afternoons (typically after lunch) as they start to think ahead to what plans they have for the weekend. Many companies have instituted summer flex scheduling to help combat the lost productivity they may experience during the summer.

What is Summer Flex Scheduling?

Summer flex scheduling is simply adjusting the hours of the work week during the months typically between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are a number of different options that can be implemented to accommodate this, including:

  • Closing the office on Friday
  • Shortened work day (less hours per day) on multiple days
  • Closing early on Friday (either 1:00pm or 3:00pm)

What are the pros and cons of offering Summer Flex Schedules?

Pros:

  • It is a great recruiting tool to attract candidates.
  • It helps with employee retention.
  • Summer Flex scheduling can help prevent burnout and boost productivity.
  • It may make people more efficient.
  • Less gas is expended if employees are working one less day per week – a win for the environment!

Cons:

  • It may increase stress since many employees may feel the need to work extra hours during the week to accommodate for less time in the office on a Friday.
  • Not every department may be able to participate.
  • While you are enjoying your time off you might receive calls from peers or supervisors which will force you to work, thus defeating the purpose of being off.
  • Depending upon your business, closing the office early may not be an option.

If a company is considering introducing summer flexible work schedules, it is important that they establish clear policies in advance and devise ways to measure productivity to ensure the company is not losing revenue.  Managers should plan to conduct regular check-ins with their team members to ensure their workloads are not suffering and their stress levels are not being increased.

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