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How Casual is Casual Friday?

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Chris Bibey

Some companies believe in “casual Friday.” Other companies expect workers to dress, work, and act the same regardless of the day. And then there are those that want to make a change to their Friday routine, but don’t know where to start.

Before we go any further, let's examine some of the benefits associated with casual Friday:

What is Casual Friday?

You may have heard the phrase casual Friday in the past, but that doesn't mean you fully understand the approach that other companies are taking. This can mean a lot of things, such as:

  • Allowing workers to dress down.
  • Shortening office hours.
  • Catering breakfast or lunch.

As an employee, you know that even one of these benefits on Friday can make the day much more enjoyable.

Did you know some companies are so casual on Friday that it's not even a workday? Check outthis piece published by The Washington Post. It examines start-ups that allow workers to take Friday's off, hoping it will promote better health and family life.

This quote from a well known investor, Chamath Palihapitiya, says it all:

"The idea that working longer equals working smarter or creating more value is completely false. The most forward thinking and successful companies are realizing that giving employees more time to be creative and connected to other things besides their job creates a better and more productive employee."

As a small business owner, you should take a strong look at how you approach casual Friday. Are you giving employees a reason to get excited? Or do you follow the "business as usual" strategy when the last day of the week rolls around?