3 Summer Office Sins to Avoid


Summer is finally here but while you’re busy basking in the thirty-degree heat, remember that the sunnier months also bring some seasonal office issues to avoid. Luckily, we’re here to help.

1. Under-dressing

Ah, the sun is out, the weather is sweltering and arriving in the office everyday fully suited and booted is well, just too warm for words.

While we’re fully in favour of dressing for the weather, it’s all too easy to get carried away and forget that you still need to dress in a way that’s appropriate for the office too! So keep those Hawaiian shirts, strappy dresses and skimpy shorts for your summer hols. And no, there is never, ever a good reason to wear shades in the office. (Even if they are designer ones, in the latest style.)

As a rough rule of thumb; if you’d wear it on the beach, don’t wear it in the office.

2. Holiday bragging bores

So you’ve got an all-singing all-dancing two-week long holiday booked at a five-star resort? Good for you. Just remember, not everyone in the office is likely to have such exciting plans and some may feel resentful (especially if they’re scheduled to cover your workload while you’re soaking up the sun).

For the sake of office politics, it’s a wise idea to tone down your excitement as you count down to your break. Similarly, avoid bragging in your Out of Office email message and resist the urge to send regular text messages, selfies, etc. to co-workers left in the office, picking up the slack.

And when you return? It’s still best to keep all those stories about what a fabulous time you had swimming with dolphins to a minimum. After all, those of your colleagues who are really interested can check out the photos on Facebook.

3. Bringing the office to the beach

According to a recent survey*, one in five office workers plan to check their work email while they’re away on holiday. While this might score a few bonus points with the boss, it also defeats the object of having a break: i.e. to relax, unwind and forget about all those work-related responsibilities for a week or two.

Your colleagues can cope without you. Or at least they should be able to, since no organisation should ever become so reliant on one member of the team. Meanwhile, the benefits you’ll get from some chill-out time should help you return to the office much more focused and ready to go.

What do you think? Have you ever been guilty of any of these?

*Conducted by ESET among 1,000 UK workers

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