With warmer summer weather fast approaching, how do you keep employees focused and motivated while they're at work? You could try starting the weekend earlier - or the workweek later.
Facebook Poll Results
In a recent poll, we asked job seekers which day of the week they would prefer to have off. Fridays won, getting 60 percent of the votes, but Mondays came in at a close second with 27 percent.
Anecdotal comments on Facebook were heavily weighted toward Fridays, less so toward Mondays. Several voters mentioned they have a Monday through Thursday workweek, which they love.
"...Friday is the best day to have off," commented Maggi Hinsey Blue. Whereas Julie Burwell noted, "Mondays, because they're awful - so it would nice to have them off."
Summer Hour Options
With business typically slowing down on Friday afternoons, an early-out Friday for all but necessary staff shouldn't pose too many operational conflicts - assuming workers get their job done and put their week's hours in before they leave.
Another solution would be to stagger employees between early-out Fridays and late Mondays, either by rotating staff each week and/or offering employees their first choice preference whenever possible.
A compressed work-week, no matter how you arrange it, can motivate your staff and improve morale and productivity, without costing your company any additional cash.