Are flexible schedules the secret to beating summer's productivity slump? Jun 24, 2015 Fast Company | Craig Malloy When you're stuck inside during one perfect beach day after another, most adults lament the days when they had three solid months off. While it's not practical for most businesses to take the summer off, there are still ways to make the most of the season without letting work responsibilities slip. Last year, a survey found that up to 30% of workplaces offer some version of Summer Fridays. If you’re a manager, this loosening of the reins might make you nervous. The fact is that increasing work expectations happen alongside all of life’s other responsibilities. And when businesses take a more flexible approach to where their employees work from, they often find that it can increase productivity and growth.