It’s that time of year again—the ol’ summer slow down. School’s out, temperatures rise, and all of a sudden, the city of New Orleans seems to take a collective breather for what seems to be three full months.
It’s tough to keep your foot on the gas for a full 12 months, especially when you start sweating the second you step outside, regardless of the time of day. Everyone knows that feeling. You wake up to a hot house, fix some coffee that you can’t drink anyway because it’s too hot, then step outside just to get smacked in the face by 95+ weather at 8 a.m. We all know how brutal New Orleans summers can be, yet it’s difficult to remember just how hot it gets.
It’s not all bad, though. With the hot weather comes sno-balls, swimming, vacation, and, in the case of Online Optimism, a few perks to get through the dog days of summer.
Though Online Optimism has a number of great perks to beat the heat, there’s one that stands above all the rest—Summer Fridays. Each year, starting the week after Memorial Day and going through Labor Day, Online Optimism gives each employee four Friday half-days. The practice is simple. On your chosen Friday, you get to work at 8 a.m., check into Slack with #SummerFlex, then wrap up your week’s work until noon. At that point, you can either join the rest of the team for our weekly Friday Lunch at that week’s restaurant, or you can skip out and start your weekend a few hours early. Some people choose to take a weekend vacation, some use it to run a few errands that they’ve put off, and some take a much needed Friday afternoon nap.
The Great A/C Debate
Ahhh, the great A/C debate. You might not think 77 versus 76 degrees matters in an office space, but it might be the most contentious battle between coworkers. In true democratic fashion, we put it up to a vote. It was a heated (no pun intended) debate, but at the end of the day, 76 degrees won. This landmark decision made waves throughout the office and will come to another vote in September, when the Fall 2019 specialist group starts and potentially overturns the most dramatic ruling in years.
Rainy Days Bring Rain Jackets
Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour — but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it?
― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Well, sort of. You can be certain of a few things during the summer—heat and afternoon rain showers. One minute it’s bright and sunny, the next you’re inundated with what seems like a hurricane’s worth of rain. To Tennessee Williams’ point, it can seem like an eternity if you’re not prepared. That’s why Online Optimism makes sure that the whole team is prepared to deal with the onslaught of summer showers with branded rain jackets.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream
Snacks are a staple at Online Optimism year-round, but the contents of the fridge and freezer change dramatically as spring turns into summer. For some people, 76 degrees isn’t enough cold in the office. If you open the freezer from June to September, you’ll find a wealth of frozen treats—ice cream, popsicles, and ice cream bars, to name a few.
So there you have it! Summer might not be the most fun season in New Orleans, but it does have its perks, especially if you’re on the Online Optimism team.