Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Why Flexible Working Hours Is The Best Practice

Most of the employers are trying new work practices and work environments to boost productivity in their organizations and to reform the perception of a ‘work environment’. And Flexible working hours seem to be the choice of many employees and entrepreneurs who understand its benefits.

And in this article, let’s take a look at some of the advantages of having flexible hours at your workplace and whether you should consider abolishing the ‘clocking in’ system in your office.

Flexible Working Hours May Boost Employee Productivity:

Are there people at your workplace who consider themselves to be at their productive peak during certain times of the day? Giving the option of flexible work hours in the workplace to people who like to and who is allowed to work during their hours of peak productivity.

Flexible Working Hours Boost employee morale and flexibility

We’re sure that employees in any workplace will be happy to welcome flexible work hours. They can run errands, attend to the needs of family or tend to other priorities in life while adjusting their work schedules. Flexibility in any employee’s mental approach to his or her environment will add to the morale and attitude towards their work. The employee will appreciate the organization’s concern towards him / her.

Flexible Working Hours may help deal with burnout

A burnout refers to a state of mind full of frustration or other emotional and physical elements which cause a drag in your work and personal life. A burnout may cause an employee to quit his job or a manager to unnecessarily vent his or her frustration on their subordinates. Flexible work hours may be able to address this situation by allowing people to take some time off on a day when everything seems to go wrong and cover up the next day.

Flexible Working Hours Reduce absenteeism

We think it is safe to understand that employees who work during hours that are favourable to their own personal schedule will be less likely to indulge into deliberate absenteeism from work, don’t you? Flexible work hours give employees that little bit of control over their work-life balance. This will dictate whether they see their jobs as a chore to be done or with a ‘look-forward-to-work-today’ approach.

Stretching opening and closing time benefits Your organization

Will it make more business sense to have your customer service department open till late rather than close off at 6 pm? This can be achieved without hiring extra personnel by having flexible work hours in your organization. Instead of having all the people clock in and out in the usual 9 to 5 schedule, why don’t you try flexible work hours and stretch your closing time till 8 pm? You could ask some of the employees to come in a bit later.

Flexible Working Hours Reduce employee turnover

What will you do if a female subordinate who has been working in your organization since the last 6 years drops in her resignation because she is soon to be a mother? Would you rather go through the hassle of recruiting a new employee and train them for the next one year, or would you prefer to give your current employee some time off and have her back on a flexible schedule?

Hiring and training a new employee is more expensive and troublesome than retaining one. So if flexible work hours in your workspace are making things work for you, why not?

Why Flexible Working Hours Is The Best Practice

Also, you may find some skilled and talented people but may miss them simply because he/she cannot work during the regular timings of your workplace?

As you can see, flexible work hours have many advantages both for the employer and the employee. Having said that it might be possible that some organization may face challenges and practical road blocks when it comes to actually implementing flexible work hours in practice. Apart from this, there were many in direct advantages on implementing Flexible Working Hours. For example, a employee who live in suburbs that are far away from their offices. For him, a 90 minute drive during peak hour may be reduced to a half an hour drive during the non-peak hour.

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