Is Flexible Working The Future?

21.02.2014 50

Nowadays, business and technology is developing so rapidly that make it possible for many companies to establish flexible work schedules for their employees. 

You no longer need to get up early in the morning and rush to work where you are looking forward to the end of the day. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But is such organization of working time suitable for all employers?

Flexible work schedule is one of the benefits which can be used by employees to effectively organize their time. 

What is flexible work schedule?

The flexible schedule is defined individually for the employee taking into consideration tasks, the amount of job responsibilities and the agreement of both parties of the labor relations. Your residence time in the workplace is also regulated individually depending on the activity of the company and kind of work performed.

Pros and cons of a flexible schedule

  • Why a flexible work schedule is becoming one of the main advantages for a large number of employees when choosing a new job?
  • You have more control over your day and may solve our personal issues.
  • Flexible work schedule helps avoid stress at work and conflicts with colleagues. 
  • Flexible schedule allows combining two works or work and study at the same time. Moreover, in such a way the transport problems can be solved, especially for those who work and live in different cities. You can also reduce your costs and time performing some of your duties at home or remotely.
  • According to the report of The Government's Department for Work and Pension, labor productivity increased to 58% due to such kind of employment.

Nevertheless, some disadvantages can be also found:

  • Flexible schedule requires greater responsibility and self-control because your main goal is not your time but the result of work.
  • You are working alone and it is harder to get assistance in solving a particular problem from your colleagues.

How to Get a Flexible Schedule

Steps that can help you establish a flexible work schedule in your company:

1. Consult with those who have the experience of flexible working hours in their company. Ask about all the advantages and disadvantages of this form of employment. Interest if your employer offers a flexible schedule as one of the benefits of the employee.

2. Evaluate your profession

Think if you are able to fulfill your job duties in case your proposal is approved. It is worth noting that there are several varieties of flexible working arrangements (e.g., not only reducing the number of working hours, but also increasing the number of working days), so not far all employees will like such a regulations change.

3. Introduce your boss with a proposal, but note that you should previously consider how to explain your position. First of all, try to convince your boss that the flexible schedule is beneficial for the company as it can increase productivity and save costs (it is better to write a business plan where it will be clearly marked the way you will perform your job duties).

4. Keep your promises, which concerns not only the performance of tasks from the management of the company, but also requests from colleagues not to spoil the relationships and your professional reputation.

Flexible schedule should primarily be beneficial not only for the employee, but also for the company for the good organization of work.


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