The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Friday Etiquette
Summer Fridays are a privilege, not a right.
Do: Dress like you’re at work
Throw a jean jacket on over your backless dress, wear a cardigan with that romper and save the short-shorts for Saturday.
Don’t: Leave until your work is done
On a normal day, you wouldn’t leave at six on the dot if you still had work to do. Same goes for Fridays—there’s not a hard stop until you’ve crossed everything off your list.
Do: Expect an email or two in the afternoon
It’s not uncommon that co-workers lingering at the office will continue to email you through the afternoon. Summer Fridays aren’t the time to check out altogether unless you’ve requested paid time off, but there are worse things than getting a work email while you’re laying out by the pool or en route to the Hamptons, right?
Don’t: Brag to your less fortunate friends
Not everyone is lucky enough to have flexible Summer Friday hours. We all have that friend who sends a photo of herself on the beach to all her cubicle-bound friends. Don’t be that girl.
Do: Use your vacation days wisely
Heading to Montauk for your first weekend as part of a summer share? Use a vacation day. Summer Fridays aren’t guaranteed—a last-minute project can trump even the best-laid plans. Therefore, if it’s important, lock your day down with a PTO. (Note: check with HR, but your half-day off will still likely count as a full vacation day.)
Don’t: Abuse it
The key to getting summer Fridays right is to continue performing well and being productive. If you fulfill all of your obligations and responsibilities Friday morning, then you and your boss will feel good about you checking out come lunchtime.
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