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The Pros and Cons of Flextime at Work

A lot of organisations have incorporated something called flextime into their operations. The purpose of this is to help create a better work environment where employees have more freedom, and more gets done at the same time! It's always good to be flexible—so long as it creates better results for your company, right?

If you've been hearing about flextime and have been wondering what all the hype is about—and whether your organisation is missing out—then you're in the right place! Here's everything you need to know about flextime at work, as well as the pros and cons it introduces.

What Is Flextime?


Flextime can be defined slightly differently depending on the organisation that is implementing it. In essence, however, flextime means that employees are able to choose when to work a set amount of hours. In practice, any organisation that chooses to use a flextime policy will define flextime in their own way and put any necessary limitations or guidelines on the time that their employees work.

Making Flextime Practical

Employers often place restrictions on flextime, such as saying that the hours must be worked within a certain timeframe. Ultimately, this limits the amount of freedom their employees can enjoy.

Flextime works by allowing workers to either subtract or add hours to their workday and work extra or fewer hours at another time. Most employers set real-life limitations on such policies, though, such as by imposing certain hours of their schedules that must remain constant. Other times, they dedicate only certain times of the work day that can be "flexed."

For example, if a flextime policy is in place over an office's overall schedule (meaning that employees can use flextime during any part of the workday), this can make it particularly difficult to plan meetings, workshops, etc. To fix this problem, employers may create a policy that says flextime hours can only be used after noon, or that flextime hours may not be used on Mondays. Employers choose whatever works for the organisation implementing the policy.


Why Flextime?


Happy employees make for a productive workplace. While a regular shift and structured hours well served the economy and professional environment during the time of the industrial revolution, this model only introduces unnecessary structure into the workplace of today. Employees can quickly become disgruntled with a regular schedule without purpose. However, by allowing employees to come in an hour early so as to leave before rush hour, for instance, flextime can lend to a much more peaceful and happy environment. Employees will be happier to come to work when they're doing it on their own terms. As a result, you'll see higher productivity and results from them!

How Flextime Improves Your Organisation

Another advantage of introducing flextime in the workplace is that, in many cases, employees end up with less distractions. If a worker comes into the office early so they can leave early and miss the afternoon rush, those initial hours in the morning will likely be their most productive. They’ll be able to get through a lot of work before their co-workers come in and the office becomes louder and more distracting.

On the other hand, when a worker comes in later as they preferred to sleep in and arrive more well-rested, they will have the extra energy to work and be more focused throughout the day. They'll also have the office relatively quiet in the last hours of the day to enjoy increased productivity without distraction.

The Verdict


As you can see, introducing a flextime policy into the workplace offers a lot to your organisation. True, there are some disadvantages, such as making it difficult to plan meetings or pin down a time that certain employees will be reachable in the office. However, there are ways to work around this by putting limitations on the flextime that work for you.

The advantages of flextime, in most cases, are well worth the effort of implementing the new policy. By allowing employees to work when it suits them, and when they will be most productive, flextime can have profound results on your office's productivity.



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