Preparing for Summer

With the recent turn of the calendar to May, Memorial Day will arrive quickly. The official kickoff to summer means warmer weather, family vacations and plenty of ice cream. Summertime is a wonderful time of year, and you may want to provide your employees with benefits specific to the season.

Over the past few years, more and more of our clients provide one or both of the following benefits to employees from Memorial Day to Labor day. The first is summer hours, the next is summer dress code communication.

Summer hours allow flexibility in the workweek. In most cases, an employee works an extra 30 minutes or 1 hour every day from Monday through Thursday, and this gives them the ability to jump start the weekend by leaving a few hours early on Friday. Of course, this benefit is dependent on your business and service of your customers. A creative way we’ve found is to rotate the benefit and allow some employees the benefit one week while others cover the office. The groups flip the opposite week to ensure clients always have the ability to connect with employees.

Summer dress code is important for a few reasons. You’ll want to head off any possible issues and determine what clothing is unacceptable in the summer – perhaps tank tops, shorts and flip flops would be on your list. It is a good idea to send an email as the summer begins to remind employees of the summer dress code. Additionally, you may want to offer additional jeans days during the summer and/or have a festive dress day in celebration of a summer holiday, such as Independence Day.

After a long and chilly winter and spring, we greet summer with enthusiasm. Here’s to an enjoyable few months of sun, grilling out, and enjoying time with family and friends.