Summer Fridays: Does your boss trust you?

by | Jun 11, 2014 | News

When the sun is shining, it makes sense that you should be given Friday afternoons off, suggests Paula Cocozza in The Guardian. Simon Hayward from Cirrus comments.

Hurrah, it’s the second week in June! You’re not celebrating? Sorry to hear that. You’re probably not working summer Fridays. Each year the number of companies offering employees the option of an early finish to the working week grows. Or, perhaps, each year, more people working ordinary Fridays hear again about all the people on summer Fridays, and want to know: why not me?

Simon Hayward is CEO of Cirrus, a company that advises organisations on employee engagement. Summer hours, he says, work best “when you’ve already got a trusting environment. The productivity impact should be positive.”

Hayward says that summer Fridays require trust, and that managers need to be seen taking advantage of the offer too. If a manager offers summer Fridays and then conspicuously works Friday afternoons, “there is a risk associated with it that reduces the sense of wellbeing. I think there’s a genuine fear in some organisations about flexible working. Do you trust your employees to do their best for the business as well as for themselves and their families, or do you fundamentally mistrust them?”

Managers in the former camp tend to be comfortable with summer hours. Those in the latter worry that summer Fridays will lead to late Mondays and long-lunch Tuesdays.

© The Guardian 2014

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