Pros and Cons of Flextime Schedules
These days it’s hard to say up to date with all the employee engagement best practices. Flextime is one of those topics that we hear about a lot, but people aren’t sure how to approach it.
To an employee, flextime sounds like a dream come true. But to a manager, flextime might seem like a logistical nightmare. We’re seeing more and more companies implement policies that enable employees to choose their preferred working hours. Such policies allow employees to improve the balance between their professional and personal lives, which can have a positive effect on your workplace culture. Before jumping into a policy like flextime, consider the pros and cons:
- According to Entrepreneur, flextime improves overall job satisfaction among employees. Today’s employees are juggling a lot of demands on their time. Not only are they focused on their job and their career potential, but they also have to tend to personal matters. Whether they need to take their children to childcare or help care for their elderly parents, employees often feel a great sense of relief when they can adjust their working hours in order to achieve a better balance in life. In addition to the practical benefits, working for an understanding and flexible company can make employees feel valued and appreciated.
- Flexible hours have proven to help retain talented employees. The most productive and dedicated employees are not looking to switch jobs every few years, but if they can’t achieve the right lifestyle balance, they might seek alternative arrangements. In fact, employees appreciate flexible hours so much that they are more likely to stay with your company for the long run.
- Flextime can increase efficiency and productivity. Instead of spending the last two hours of the day coordinating their children’s schedules from the office, employees can adjust their hours so that they can pick their kids up from school, free of stress. With flextime, employees can dedicate their work-time hours to… you guessed it, working.
- Flextime might cause logistical problems, according to HR World. As a company, you need to evaluate your scheduling needs and be sure that your flextime policy provides you with adequate staffing at all times. In some cases, it can be difficult to schedule meetings, but luckily, advances in mobile technology are making this less challenging.
- Some employees might be tempted to abuse the flexible working hours policy. This is always a risk of policies like this, so it’s important that the policy targets responsible employees. A well-crafted policy with clear guidelines also helps to minimize this issue.
The key to a successful and effective flextime policy is communication, according to the Society of Human Resources Professionals. When the HR department is tossing around the idea of creating a flextime policy, both the benefits and the disadvantages have to be considered. These policies should be tailored to your organization, and both supervisors and employees should be included in the policy development discussion.
Flextime doesn’t seem to be a fad that will fade away with time. While it might not be the perfect policy for your company, it’s still important to consider that employees today are looking for companies that allow them to maintain their lifestyle.