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The Winners and Losers of Summer Fridays

The Winners and Losers of Summer Fridays
Photograph by Liam Norris/Getty Images

If it’s past noon, you shouldn’t be reading this at your desk. It’s officially summer, and today is Friday. Ergo, you should be joining the lucky 12 percent of workers who enjoy Summer Fridays, a time-honored tradition whereby the workday is shortened or, even better, the office closes to start the weekend early.

It might be even good for business. A recent survey commissioned by Ultimat Vodka, a brand owned by Patrón Spirits in Las Vegas, shows 76 percent of employees believe Summer Friday policies are an effective tool for increasing productivity. Although, really, who wouldn’t say that if it meant getting a day off every week in the summer (presumably in order to tip back a few Ultimats)?