Some workplaces have not only embraced the summer doldrums, they've turned those agonizingly slow Friday afternoons into a cheap perk dubbed the "summer Friday."
A number of employers, acutely aware of the fact that workers are daydreaming of being anywhere but at the office, let them take the day off or leave early on Friday afternoons in an effort to boost morale and productivity.
In a survey of more than 200 employers, about 42 percent of them were offering summer Fridays this year, according to a study from Gartner, a business and technology research company. That's up considerably from 2015, when about 22 percent of companies offered the perk, the survey found.
For most employers, offering flex-time is cheaper than doling out raises or bonuses. And giving workers some time to themselves can help avoid burnout, said Courtney Clark, a motivational speaker who works with businesses on employee retention.
Clark, an author and owner of Accelerated Strategies, said letting employees out early on a Friday to do something as simple as running errands can really boost that person's self-esteem and better prepare them for success.
"Fridays off can mitigate burnout because it allows employees space to include actions that are more meaningful to them," she said.
When employees include more meaningful activities in their lives like spending time with family or volunteering, it reduces the likelihood of burnout and increases employee retention, Clark added.