BOSTON—Summer hours are bad for businesses and employees alike. So says a survey from Captivate Network. The findings are based on more than 600 white collar workers in North America. It’s clear that virtual offices could help solve the dilemma.

Generally speaking, summertime has a negative impact on the workplace. Twenty-percent report productivity goes down. Another 19 percent report project turnaround times increase. And a significant 45 percent admit they are more distracted.

The Office Pulse looked at the impact of several popular approaches to flexibility during the summer months: telecommuting from a virtual office, working longer days from Monday to Thursday so Fridays could be shortened or taken off, closing early on Fridays and permitting people to arrive and leave early.

According to the survey only telecommuting from a virtual office has a positive impact with 26 percent of respondents reporting an increase in their productivity. Unfortunately, only 4 percent of companies in the survey make this option available to their employees. Telecommuting from a virtual office is also the only approach that results in lower employee stress than prohibiting summer hours all together.

So, here’s even more proof that virtual office should be the alternative workplace strategy of choice for many, whether it’s entrepreneurs or multinational corporations—or somewhere in between. Virtual offices drive up productivity year-round and give employees more opportunities to keep up with work even in the vacationing months of summer.