There are some company perks that have become standard at most companies, but I'm all about getting creative and finding new ones! A couple days back, Facebook kindly reminded me of a post from five years back, when I was still living in Chicago.
If you've ever experienced that first REALLY sunny, summery day after a long winter, you know why this is such a big deal! There's a contagious energy across the city that is undeniable. It's like you've had a collective victory against the cold!
No one should be forced to go sit in an office on this day. Or at least not anyone without a ridiculously time sensitive matter to take care of. I promise you, they are not going to be super productive while the sun is shining so brightly outside for the first time in months. Instead they're going to be day dreaming about the beach, planning BBQs, and online shopping for swimsuits.
So why not give them the day off?
Think about how appreciative your team will be while loading up their car to head to the beach instead of to their desk. How energized they'll feel after spending a day relaxing in the sunshine. Not to mention how badly their friends will want to work for you after they realize how well you treat your employees. Talk about a want to work there moment!
Yes, you'll lose a days worth of productivity. And yes, some meetings will get shuffled around. But at the end of the day, you'll have a more dedicated and motivated team to tackle stuff when they get back. In my opinion, it's well worth the tradeoff.
This rule has officially been instated for my company and I would love for more companies to do the same! Let me know if you'll be joining us in the comments. Maybe we'll have to coordinate a big old BBQ to celebrate the sunshine together!