Go-kart racing can be a great team-building exercise and give employees a break from the tedium. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

Regardless of how long it has been since employees last set foot in a classroom, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer never lose their appeal. Research shows that most businesses are finding ways to accommodate them.

“Offering summer perks to workers, such as flexible schedules and company picnics, can keep employee morale and productivity high,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, a staffing firm based in Menlo Park, Calif. “Benefits like these are vital in today’s business environment, as heavy workloads and increased stress levels make employees more susceptible to burnout.

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