By Melissa Hincha-Ownby, MNN.com
It’s Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., the weather is great and you’d rather be hiking in the mountains than sitting at your desk. Do you think that you’re at your most productive? Probably not — and that is one reason why companies across the country are offering employees a shorter workweek during the summer.
The topic was covered recently in an article in The Washington Post:
“In an informal survey of personnel directors at Fortune 1000 companies conducted for The Washington Post by the Corporate Executive Board in Rosslyn, nearly half said their business has instituted a compressed workweek during the summer or is considering doing so, often by allowing workers to put in longer hours Monday through Thursday in exchange for taking off all or part of Friday.”
Some employees work an extra 30 minutes to an hour each day Monday through Thursday and then get off work around lunchtime on Friday. Other employees work four 10-hour shifts and have Friday off completely. A three-day weekend every week in the summer allows employees to have more leisure time, which can have a positive impact on productivity once Monday morning rolls around.