Surprising positivity surrounds summer business shutdown

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Surprising positivity surrounds summer business shutdown (image credit: iStock/Rawpixel Ltd)

The majority of people across the UK would welcome an annual summer shutdown of major businesses, new research has surprisingly revealed.

It sounds like something that businesses across the country would never go for, taking two weeks out of the year to shut down and effectively stop trading. However, new research from virtual assistant service providers ava has shown that as many as 60 per cent of Brits would be in favour of such proposals.

Older respondents - those aged 55 to 64 - were more in favour of this (66 per cent) than their younger counterparts, but overall it proved an interesting prospect for many people.

Outlining the potential benefits of a move, former media executive June Cohen explained in her ava blog that being forced to take time off might not be such a bad thing.

"By taking the same two weeks off, it makes sure everyone takes vacation," she argued. "Planning a vacation is hard - most of us would feel a little guilty to take two weeks off if it weren't pre-planned for us, and we'd be likely to cancel when something inevitably came up. This creates an enforced rest period, which is so important for productivity and happiness."

It's not simply the benefits to individual members of staff that this radical approach to management could provide though, as there are some interesting opportunities available at the higher echelons of the corporate ladder that an annual enforced break could bring as well.

Indeed, Ms Cohen noted that many strategic decisions that might otherwise have gone unexplored could be assessed and analysed at this time.

She argued: "It's these periods in which you have the most time on your hands to take a step back and really look at how you work as a business.

"When you're flat out and the money is pouring in, it's very easy to assume everything is fine - when in fact there may be many aspects of your operations that can be improved."

While the prospect of shutting down at potentially one of the busiest times of the year for some businesses may be an unthinkable act right now, the fact that such strong support for such an idea is out there means the option should at least be considered. Who knows, such a radical move could be just the solution that your business needs to take it to the next level.