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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-19-08

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The seasonal perks Liverpudlians want to help get them through a hot summer's day

THE Great British summer time can be unpredictable, but our early summer heat wave has led to questions around dress codes and working temperatures, with the majority of workers in Liverpool (84.1%) agreeing that businesses should offer a more relaxed dress code over the hotter months. That's according to CV Library, the UK's leading independent job board.  The survey, which asked 1,100 workers about seasonal perks in their workplace, found that 41.9% of Liverpool's workers are allowed to adapt their wardrobe over the summer, with 18.2% stating that they receive summer perks such as more relaxed dress. That's despite 56.8% believing that all businesses should offer these as standard.

When asked what they currently receive, respondents in the City cited the following:-

Leaving early on a Friday to enjoy the sun – 50%.
Allowed to wear what we want – 49.8%.
Free ice creams and chilled drinks – 25.1%.
Being able to work outside – 25%.
Summer social activities e.g drinks after work – 12.5%.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:- "Britain's summer months can be a real struggle whatever level you're working at. It's hot 1 minute, raining the next, and all staff really want to be doing is jetting off somewhere exotic. It's no surprise then that our data found that many professionals in Liverpool are keen to receive seasonal perks, yet only a small percentage are. Now could be a great time to consider the extra perks that you can put in place to help keep workers motivated."

Furthermore, the study revealed that despite the majority (77.8%) enjoying air con over the warmer months, 27.9% offices in Liverpool go without it. This, along with the usual culprits (shorter working hours, ice creams, cold drinks etc.), all made the list of the most desirable summer perks. However, Liverpudlians were also asked to share what they'd most like to receive, if they could have any summer perk possible. Some of the top responses included:- 6 weeks off in line with school summer holidays, 3 day working weeks, free beers in the office and time off to watch sporting events such as the Euros.  Biggins concludes:- "While it may not be feasible to give every team member 6 weeks off over the summer, or to provide staff with free beer, there are some basic and inexpensive perks you can offer to keep staff from feeling the heat. Air-con is a great way to keep the office cool and providing chilled refreshments can really help staff when the higher temperatures hit. Remember, these perks can also be a great way to attract talented new recruits as well as improve current staff retention rates. Whatever you choose, be sure to offer perks that reflect your company culture, to ensure you keep staff happy and cool during the summer months!"


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