By Daniel Hunter

More than half of British business bosses treat their staff during the summer, according to research by Samsung UK's Enterprise Team.

A survey of 2,000 business employees and 200 business owners showed that 52% of bosses treat their employees to "summer perks" when the summer comes out.

A quarter said the business implemented flexible working policies, allowing staff to work from home, 13% closed early for the day and 12% of workers were given the option to work outside.

Fifty-eight percent of employees and 48% of bosses said that summer perks boost the business' productivity. Half of all office workers said they prefer to bring their hours forward by an hour to allow for more personal time in the evenings.

Do owners trust flexible working yet?

Despite huge gains in the number of businesses voluntarily offering flexible working, and the implementation of flexible working laws, business owners are still unsure about how much productivity will suffer if they allowed workers to work flexibly all year. Almost three in 10 (28%) business owners said they don't trust employees enough to maintain productivity if the same perks were on offer all year around.

A fifth of those surveyed blamed a lack of investment in technology for the lack of flexible working availability. thirty-one percent said they don't believe it's their responsibility to provide the necessary tools and technology.

It’s worth businesses taking note however as over a quarter (27 per cent) of office workers would chose a flexible working package over a pay rise. Flexible working is in high demand amongst 60 per cent of office workers and owners don’t disagree either; over half (52 per cent) claim it will make employees more productive.

Graham Long, Vice President of the Enterprise Business Team at Samsung UK said: “This year we’ve been lucky to have a nice, sunny summer but you can’t always guarantee the sunshine in the UK. That doesn’t mean businesses should ignore the benefits flexible working can bring not just in summer but year round, as employees are clearly crying out for it. The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has changed consumer expectations of their work environments. They now understand that they no longer need to be restricted to traditional work spaces to do their job and this translated into schemes such as bring your own device (BYOD).”

Do you offer summer perks to your staff? Are you still worried about productivity and flexible working? You can email your reactions to editor@freshbusinessthinking.com

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