Offering flexible working hours is becoming the norm in many organizations. Allowing telework and remote hours, staggering schedules, and other similar programs has even been seen in various government entities. One of the biggest benefits of flexible scheduling is the increase in employee satisfaction, which results in higher productivity. While the needs of every business are different, it is definitely worth exploring how flex time might benefit your business.
Flex Time Benefits
Each business can see a unique set of benefits from implementing flex time. But right now, let’s take a look at the broader benefits across industries.
- Greater employee satisfaction. When employees feel that they have more control of their lives at work will have more overall job satisfaction.
- Increase in productivity. Employees are more productive when they can work during the hours and from the locations that best suit them.
- Better qualified applicants for open positions. Word gets around when a company offers great benefits like flexible scheduling, which dramatically improves the pool of applicants.
- Allows for extended business hours for the business. Employees working non-traditional shifts allows for extended business hours. This is particularly helpful if your company works with clients across different industries and time zones.
Disadvantages of Flex Time
Despite the overwhelming benefits of flex time to businesses, everything isn’t always sunshine and roses. Here are some of the potential disadvantages to keep in mind when considering flex time.
- Scheduling must be a coordinated effort. Though you are allowing flexible hours, it’s still important to know who will be working at what time and in what location. You may need to assign someone to manage schedules.
- Group assignments can become difficult. Unless two employees are working during the same shift, collaborating on projects can be a challenge. Coordinating schedules and document sharing software would be necessary.
- Office camaraderie may suffer. As there is less crossover in the office, personal relationships between coworkers may not be as strong as they were previously. To combat this, institute communication software, like Slack, so that your employees can easily communicate with one another.
Introducing a Flex Time Option
If you choose to give flex time a try, be sure to set ground rules and policies prior to opening the option up to your employees. Ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of what flexibility is available, including if there is any work that must be done onsite. They also need to know the proper channels for submitting their schedules to their supervisors. There can be a learning curve at first, but will resolve over time. Get feedback from employees and their supervisors on how the program is working. Be prepared to make adjustments periodically, especially early on in the process.
In addition to offering great benefits like flex time, you also need to pay your employees correctly. Our 2018 Salary Guide can help.