Flexible Work Schedules Most Desired Summer Benefit, Survey Shows

Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the lazy, hazy days of summer draw near, a new OfficeTeam survey of employees finds flexible work schedules and leaving work early on Fridays are the most coveted summer benefits.

Forty-one percent of the survey participants ranked flexible work schedules as the summer benefit they desired the most.  Twenty-eight percent said leaving early on Fridays was the summer perk they would most like to have.

Workers were asked, "Which of the following summer benefits would you most like to have?"  They answered:

-- Flexible schedules, 41 percent
-- Leave early on Fridays, 28 percent
-- Activities such as a company picnic or potluck, 11 percent
-- More relaxed dress code, 5 percent
-- Other, 7 percent
-- Don’t know/No answer, 9 percent

The responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

The survey also finds that many managers are responding to their employees’ summer wishes.  HR managers were asked, "Which, if any, of the following summer benefits are offered at your company?"  They responded:

-- Flexible schedules, 75 percent
-- Leave early on Fridays, 63 percent
-- More relaxed dress code, 57 percent
-- Activities such as a company picnic or potluck, 28 percent
-- None/Nothing offered, 6 percent
-- Don’t know, 9 percent

The OfficeTeam survey involved 449 working adults 18 years of age or older and 515 human resources managers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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