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As Temperatures Heat Up, Productivity Cools Down

Summertime is the season most Americans look forward to every year and the time when paid time-off is most utilized. Thus, it should come as no surprise that work productivity suffers this time of year.


A Korn Ferry survey of 1,060 professionals confirmed as much, as 25% admitted to playing “hooky” from work to enjoy the season, and nearly half (46%) said their personal productivity at work slumps in the summer. More than three-quarters (78%) feel that the productivity of their colleagues takes a hit during this time of year.

Nearly half (41%) said it’s harder to get projects done in the summer, although 44% believe they can personally be more productive when their colleagues/bosses are out of the office on summer vacation.

“Taking time away from the office to recharge and get some distance from day-to-day work challenges is key for professionals to maintain a healthy work-life balance, which leads to greater productivity when they are back on the job,” said Dennis Baltzley, Korn Ferry’s global solution leader for leadership development. “However, the pace of business, growth and profitability don’t take a summer vacation, so companies need to work with employees through more effective teaming, to make sure projects and tasks still progress.”

Nearly a third (31%) of professionals said their companies are more laid back in the summer, and 29% said their company offers amended summer work hours, such as working half days on Fridays.

More than a third (39%) of professionals said their company takes advantage of the season by offering team-building events in the summer.

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