When I was working, the Friday after Labor Day was always one of my least favorites of the year. It was the first full Friday after ‘summer hours’ ended. Summer hours became a phenomenon back in the 1990s, and I always thought they were one of the best MegaCorp perks we ever got.
The design was simple – work an hour longer Monday thru Thursday – and take off early on Friday afternoon. Since we were salaried and worked way more than an hour longer every day already, Friday afternoons off were a pure benefit. No one ever noticed less work getting done.
I always made a point of telling my teams that everyone was expected to leave the office right at noon on summer hour Fridays. We couldn’t tolerate Type A brown-nosers ruining summer hours for everyone else by trying to show how hard they worked. “If you want to work, go home and work” I would tell them.
I even encouraged summer hours as ‘flextime’ on the businesses that didn’t have a formal HR policy to support them already. Afterall, the goal of a leader should be to have a team that is smart & productive, not just busy.
Hopefully it’s not too much of a ‘end of summer bummer’ for those of you that are working all day today. Soon, with your diligently amassed FIRE savings, you’ll be enjoying every day of the week off!
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