Summer Break: Free Friday Afternoons - Five Winning Reasons for Everyone

You've worked hard all year, and now it's time to enjoy the summer. How would you feel if your employer gave you every Friday afternoon off during this period?

Doesn't it sound too good to be true?

Well, more and more companies are embracing the "Friday PM Summer Break" for several winning reasons.

Keep reading as we explore five reasons how this can benefit both employers and employees.

We'll also discuss the health benefits for employees, such as stress reduction and improved well-being, as well as how these breaks can contribute to employee retention.

Get ready to find out why this summer could be the best one you've ever had professionally!


Why should employers give Friday afternoons off during the summer?


Employers should allow Friday afternoons off to enable employees to enjoy long weekends and spend more time with their family and friends during the summer period between July and August.

This promotes productivity by providing a balance between work and personal life, thereby reducing stress and burnout.

Additionally, this practice also allows for a shorter workday before the weekend, which can improve employee satisfaction and motivation.

Interesting fact:

The first paid vacations were established in France in 1853 (in Quebec, in 1946). Their generalization starting in 1936 represented a true social advancement. The number of legally granted vacation weeks gradually increased until 1982[...] this law established an annual paid vacation of fourteen days[...]

source: Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie


Without further ado, here are five winning reasons that benefit both employers and employees.


1- Improved productivity and motivation

Employees are more motivated and productive when they know they have time off to enjoy the summer.

By offering Friday afternoons off, employers show that they care about the well-being of their employees, enhancing job satisfaction and reducing employee turnover.

This also allows employees to take longer vacations or plan weekend getaways, promoting a better work-life balance.

Moreover, when employees return to work after enjoying a long weekend, they are often more refreshed and revitalized, leading to improved focus and efficiency.

By granting Friday afternoons off during the summer, employers create a positive atmosphere within the company, fostering collaboration among colleagues and strengthening team spirit.


2- Increase in employee satisfaction

By offering additional time off to their employees, they will have the opportunity to rest, recharge, and enjoy their leisure activities.

This initiative can enhance their motivation and increase productivity when they return to work.

A study conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, revealed that 66% of employees who benefit from summer hour benefits are more productive.


3- Reduced stress and improved employee well-being

Summer vacations provide employees with an opportunity to rest and recharge, which reduces stress and promotes overall well-being..

By taking time to relax during long weekends, employees can prevent burnout and improve their long-term productivity.

These moments of rest are also beneficial for mental health, reducing the risks of depression and anxiety.

A study released by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that time off helps to reduce stress by removing people from activities and environments associated with anxiety.

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4- Work-life balance

By offering employees Friday afternoons off during the summer months, it allows them to enjoy more leisure time and spend it with their family and friends.

This creates a better work-life balance, reduces employee stress, and has a positive impact on their physical and mental health.


"Alright, that's all well and good for employee benefits, but what are the benefits for us, the companies?"


Here it is. The fifth reason.


5- Strengthening the company's image

By offering benefits such as Friday afternoons off during the summer months, companies can enhance their image as attractive employer that cares about the well-being of their employees.

This approach can help attract new talent and foster employee loyalty.

A survey conducted by Aon Consulting found that 48% of the 477 organizations surveyed offer summer hours, which may include Summer Fridays.



In conclusion, granting Friday afternoons off during the summer months has numerous benefits for employers.

Not only does it improve employee productivity and satisfaction, but it also contributes to the overall well-being of employees by reducing stress and promoting a healthy work-life balance.

Furthermore, offering these time-off benefits can be an effective way to foster employee loyalty and encourage long-term commitment to the company.

So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the "lil'PM" on summer Fridays for the well-being of everyone involved!

It's a win-win situation for all.

*Please note:
While is implementing this practice for the first time this summer (2023), the company does not take a position on the subject in this blog. The blogger has relied on facts and surveys.