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The summer perks that staff want versus what they actually get

On paper, the British summertime is a cause for joy – sunshine, hot weather and bright evenings. But how are UK businesses marking the season?
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It’s August, however, the fact we’re in the middle of the British summertime could pass you by if you were to look out the window. Still, special summer perks for the workplace are at the forefront of professionals’ minds.

Have you been providing staff any summer perks? Some 82 per cent of workers believe businesses should offer a relaxed dress code during hot months, CV-Library has revealed.

Of course, a corporate dress code is quite a contentious debate anyway – a third of staff think the office attire is outdated.

Regardless, it seems that workers’ opinions on dress code has fallen on deaf ears, as just 42.4 per cent can relax their outfits in the summer months.

Looking at summer perks overall though, only 19.3 per cent of staff receive them, even though 63.4 per cent think they should be standard practice in the workplace.

“Britain’s summer months can be a real struggle whatever level you’re working at. It’s hot one minute, raining the next, and all staff really want to be doing is jetting off somewhere exotic,” said Lee Biggins, founder and MD of CV-Library.

“It’s no surprise then that our data found that many UK professionals are keen to receive seasonal perks, yet only a small percentage are. Now could be a great time to consider the extra perks that you can put in place to help keep workers motivated.”

Of those that receive summer perks, the most common are:

(1) Leaving early on a Friday to enjoy the sun – 56.9 per cent

(2) Allowed to wear what we want – 32.3 per cent

(3) Summer social activities e.g drinks after work – 31 per cent

(4) Free ice creams and chilled drinks – 23.7 per cent

(5) Being able to work outside – 14.2 per cent

While some are experiencing a more inviting atmosphere over the summer months, 17 per cent admitted they go without air conditioning.

On the other side of the coin, CV-Library asked survey respondents the summer perks they’d most want to receive and rounded up the top answers.

(1)   Ben from Kent: Being able to wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays

(2)   Lucy from Bristol: Lunch time siestas

(3)   April from Staines: Company hog roasts or barbecues every other week

(4)   Janet from Barnsley: Paddling pools at the office

(5)   Spencer from Winchester: Performance based hours – get the job done, then go
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(6)   Dave from Swansea: Free beer and mojitos provided throughout the day

(7)   Theresa from Clapham: Team holidays and outdoor team building activities, such as music festivals

(8)   Paul from Sutton: Time out during the day to watch sporting events

(9)   Sally from Leeds: An all-expenses paid holiday – on the company of course!

(10) Matthew from Hull: Showers provided to use whenever we need during a hot day

Biggins added: “While it may not be feasible to give every team member an all-expenses paid holiday or provide free beer all day, there are some basic and inexpensive perks you can offer to keep staff from feeling the heat.

“Air-con is a great way to keep the office cool and providing chilled refreshments can really help staff when the higher temperatures hit.

“Remember, these perks can also be a great way to attract talented new recruits as well as improve current staff retention rates. Whatever you choose, be sure to offer perks that reflect your company culture, to ensure you keep staff happy and cool during the summer months!”

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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the deputy editor of Real Business, specialising in media, innovation, technology and the digital sector. A media professional with eight years worth of experience he has worked for both startup and established publications.

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