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Flexible Working - Advantages for management

  • Reduced employee stress: Interesting research by MultiTime through our parent company, FlexTime, was carried out in conjunction with City University, London.  The study involved over 1,000 employees and supervisors on #flexible working hours using the VisionTime system.  Results showed that # flexible working provides the employee with enhanced job control.  Where employees experience greater job control, it leads to reduced workplace stress.  Indeed, many of the advantages listed here associated with flexible working hours can be ascribed to this single factor - the employee's feeling of having greater job control.

  • Improved employee morale: Employees with control over their arrival and departure times are happier employees.

  • Controlled costs: Pay matters can be weighed against offering flexible working hours and arrangements.  This is a major advantage to organisations in trying to find ways to combat the forces of the economy.

  • Reduced absenteeism: Absenteeism has been reduced in companies by as much as 25% through flexible working.  Instead of taking the odd casual day off, staff now they have the chance to do what they need to do and arrive into work later (eg, doctor or dentist appointment).

  • Reduced staff turnover: Turnover usually decreases when flexitime is introduced - a vital consideration in terms of keeping key staff.

  • Increased productivity: While often it is difficult to measure improved productivity, especially in white collar environments, some VisionTime users claim that productivity has increased by between 1% and 5%.  Relationships between staff and management have improved and most people working with VisionTime would not like to return to fixed working days.

  • Reduced overtime: As employees can regulate the hours they work (within the given guidelines) to cope better with busier and slack periods, it reduces the need for overtime.

  • Timely job completion: In general, people like to complete a task if possible and will stay longer in the knowledge that the time worked is being built up.  This can avoid wasted time the next day having to recap what has been done the previous day.  This situation often happens in a fixed working day environment.  By comparison, with flexible working, employees know they can take time off to compensate for the extra hours worked.

  • Improved working relations between employees and supervisors: #Flexible working can replace the old fashioned concept of what is often referred to as Face Management (ie, the boss needing to see the employee to believe work is being performed).  This is a cultural thing that can be overcome by organisations realising that a more far-sighted approach can be taken.  Indeed, if we can call Face Management an old culture device, its preservation can lead to all sorts of situations (an employee feeling he has to stay late just to impress a boss).  In a modern working environment, employees can resent such an approach, often knowing themselves that by comparison, flexible working engenders a task oriented environment.

    Make no mistake, employees compare how friends and family members are being treated in their workplaces.  Some will transfer to another workplace that offers flexible working.  We know of specific cases where the main reason that key people continue to work in particular organisations is because of the benefits of flexitime.

  • More efficient working: Employees arriving at work at different times cuts down a lot of the general chit-chat about last night's TV or the latest news headlines.

  • Improved communications: Communications become more concentrated as everyone within the organisation knows that all staff are available during the core period.

  • Improved staff concentration: Concentration may be difficult in a busy office, but during the flexible part of the day there are always quiet times when people can focus on doing a difficult job.

  • Uneven workloads identified: Workloads are clearer to identify by the amount of hours worked by individuals.  This enables alterations to be made or even promotions to be considered.

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  • Recruiting new staff: Flexible working hours can be listed as an employee benefit.

  • Combating weather conditions: Recent more extreme and varied weather conditions make it increasingly difficult for employees to work towards rigid working times.  With flexible working, employees have more flexibility in their arrival times, so employees are more likely to come to the office rather than stay at home.

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