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Summer Benefits Workers Want
Survey: Flexible Schedules and Early Fridays Top Employees' Wish Lists

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 7, 2019 -- What do workers want from their employers this summer? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (52 percent) and early departure on Fridays (27 percent).

SOURCE: Accountemps

But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-four percent of senior managers said flexible schedules, and only about one in three (32 percent) reported allowing staff to leave early on Fridays. Other common warm-weather benefits cited by companies were relaxed dress codes (53 percent) and activities such as picnics or potlucks (48 percent). Unfortunately, these were the least likely to win over employees, according to the survey.

Workers were asked, "What is the best summer perk companies could offer?" Their responses:

Flexible schedules


Leaving early on Fridays


More relaxed dress code


Activities such as a company picnic or potluck





Senior managers were asked, "Which of the following summer perks are offered at your company?" Their responses:*

Flexible schedules


More relaxed dress code


Activities such as a company picnic or potluck 


Leaving early on Fridays


Our company does not offer any of these summer perks


*Multiple responses permitted.


View an infographic of how professionals ranked summer benefits offered by employers.

Additional Survey Findings

  • Denver and Philadelphia topped the list of cities offering flexible summer scheduling.
  • Professionals in Atlanta and Tampa are most eager for "Summer Fridays."
  • Firms in Charlotte and Denver are most likely to allow early Friday departures, while Sacramento is least likely to offer this work perk, followed by Cleveland and Detroit.

"As we head into summer, workers' wants are shifting," said Michael Steinitz, senior executive director of Accountemps. "When it comes to recruitment and retention, it's important to be aware of what will resonate with employees, as habits and lifestyles fluctuate throughout the year. Managers need to pay attention and help their teams achieve work-life balance."

Steinitz added, "Offering workers increased flexibility in the summer can improve employee morale and make your company an attractive place to work. These perks come at little cost to companies but often go a long way in keeping staff happy and engaged."  

About the Research
The surveys of workers and senior managers were developed by Accountemps and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 2,800 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in the United States, and more than 2,800 senior managers in the United States at companies with 20 or more employees.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide. More resources, including job search services and the company's blog, can be found at




SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: Lisa Amstutz, (650) 234-6246,