Between Independence Day landing on a Wednesday, the record temperatures scorching the country and the generally languid pace of office-bound summer workers, businesses shouldn’t expect to accomplish much this season, experts said.
Productivity will likely take a hit as “key decision makers, associates and customers” take off the days straddling the holiday, said John A. Challenger, chief executive of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
Workplace productivity typically tumbles 20% in the summer, according to a study of 600 white-collar North American workers by digital media company Captivate Network. Attendance falls 19%, projects take 13% more time to complete and employees are 45% more distracted.
As the weather gets warmer, employees socialize more with co-workers, take extended lunch breaks and leave the office earlier, according to the study. Productivity slides even at organizations that offer summer schedules with telecommuting options and four-day weeks.