Companies in the US who want to respond to the growing reports of burning workers turn into a slightly smaller (though loved) seasonal pool: summer Friday.
From May Memory Day to September Labor Day, many businesses let their employees take either half a day on Friday, or skip to go to the office. According to a survey by global research firm Gartner, 55 percent of US companies from different industries have introduced a policy for summer Friday in 2019, compared to 44 percent in 2018
Business Insider talks with several CEOs and human resources managers , who say that this jump is no match.
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"We've found that while summer Fridays reduce working hours in the week, raising morale more than offsetting the lack of time spent in the office," said Poacher. "Employees are ready to work early and are effective during the morning, trying to ensure that their work is done for the week, and they return to work on Monday, a little more refreshed and ready to start work."
The United States already has one of the world's most industrious population, according to statistics collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization for economic research. The survey, which traces employees of all ages, genders, and industries, found that Americans worked an average of 1,780 hours per year from 2014 to 2018, slightly more than the world average of 1746 hours. Compared to European countries such as Germany (1 356 hours), Denmark (1 408 hours) and the United Kingdom (1538 hours), US workers spend between 200 and 400 extra hours a year in the office. Meanwhile, a Gallup survey of 2018 for nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% say they feel burnt at work very often or always, and 44% say they sometimes feel burned.
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"Burning is on the rise," says the business psychologist Sara Totle. for the conversation. "This is a growing problem for today's workplace, which affects organizational costs as well as on the health and well-being of employees. These include possible long-term health risks and, due to their infectious nature, a low-morbid toxic environment, a scapegoat and an increased political service.
The World Health Organization recently classified burning as a "syndrome" that first legitimized the condition. Symptoms include a feeling of exhaustion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from work or feelings of negativity or cynicism associated with work; and reduced professional efficiency.
Friday Fridays have a lot of advantages
The "Friday Fridays" as an office break, approved by the manager, began to appear in the 60s when New York advertising agencies release the restless Mad Men-types to jump Earlier in the warmer months, the offer of a new employees' visa subsequently became a way for companies to remain competitive: from 2012 to this year, there is a 43% increase in the number of organizations that promote summer Fridays as a specific benefit for work, with according to the Gartner study.
Dave Gartenberg, CHRO of Avanade, a Seattle-based global consulting firm that employs more than 30,000 workers, told Business Insider that staffing with summer Fridays is impossible. "Flexible schedules help employees work in their best shape by allowing freedom to find the sweet spot of their productivity and manage their external responsibilities," he said. While employees manage their duties before they start early, "only great things happen." And while the reduced working time sounds as if it could hurt the workflow, ADP administrative company research shows that 66% of workers taking advantage of summer Fridays say they increase productivity.
"In the summer months, we have adopted the approach of letting most sellers work on Friday," said Christopher Westfald, chief executive of the Medicare Senior Savings Network in Charleston, South Carolina. "This not only made the other four days of the week more productive, but these people were actually able to spend more time with relatives."
Sarah Stodard, an expert at the Glassdoor Career Community, admits that "offering summer Fridays can be a way for employers to promote a stronger balance between professional and private life during the warm months ". However, she told Business Insider that bosses should avoid the treatment of limited time as a final treatment for burnout.
"Employers should consider diversifying their benefits and benefits throughout the year, such as flexible working hours or opportunities for work at a distance to appeal to a wide range of candidates with skills seeking and retaining the best talents" , she said by email,
In fact, American companies may want to take a page from Japan where the government introduced "Premium Fridays" in 2017. The premium allows the terribly overwhelmed workforce to arrive home early Friday afternoon. Even Prime Minister Shinz Abe takes time for premieres to meditate.
"I do not see [summer Friday] to go away, and if nothing else, employers are becoming more flexible with how and when people work," said Tracey Wilk, a former head of human resources at Starbucks.
Wilk is now senior vice president of The Learning Experience, an early education company based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The staff is going home at 2 o'clock. came the end of the summer working week for what they call (in a very sunny twist) "flip-flop Friday."
"This is to show" hard work, playing solid company culture and mood, "Wilk said. "I see this evolves over time when employers offer acquisitions throughout the year as a means to further increase productivity and engagement."
Winter Friday, someone?