Despite the tough economic climate, many small business owners are still letting their employees leave the office early on Fridays, while others have continued providing at least some variance of the perk. Some companies that need staffers available to help customers, for example, will have their employees switch off Fridays they can take off early. Another firm transformed Summer Fridays into employees taking one Friday off per month rather than closing early every Friday.

But why continue the Summer Friday tradition, especially when many companies are now operating with fewer employees? The main reason cited by business owners is to keep up morale and let employees know that theybre important. Especially for smaller businesses, this little perk can help attract good workers.

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How is your company handling Summer Fridays? Do people leave a couple hours early on the last day of the work week, or are they still plugging away until 5 p.m.? Share your thoughts.

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