The digital era has revolutionized the workforce and the way we schedule out or days. In today’s business climate, we are always “on call,” which benefits employers, but not their employees. Because of this employee burnout rates are higher, and most employees feel that there is not a balance in their work life.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners have started to adopt flexible work schedules for their employees because it has proven to benefit their employees and has helped reduce burnout and given employees balance in their work lives. If used appropriately and boundaries are sent, flexible scheduling has allowed employees to work when they feel inspired but also be able to work a certain amount of hours during the week.
A flexible work schedule is extremely flexible and allows employees to complete a certain amount of hours per workweek. Flexible scheduling allows for late arrival, the ability to respond to emails at 4 am, and allows employees to arrange their days around travel, appointments, personal priorities, and preferred working cycles. While a flexible schedule gives 24/7 flexibility, it can impede on personal boundaries and lead to overworking and eventually, burn out.
Flexible Scheduling Policies
Before implementing a flexible schedule, it’s important to put a flexible work schedule policy into place with your employees. This will help hold them accountable. Just remember, flexible scheduling might not be ideal for all employees. A human resources department should partner with management and the employees who will be using flexible scheduling to create the best policy. If your company’s flexible scheduling includes working remotely, make sure to include expected daily milestones, response times, and an agreed-upon form of communication.
Flexible scheduling provides employees with job satisfaction, an increased balance in their work-life, and often helps reduce their stress levels and helps them avoid burnout. Creating a flexible scheduling policy for your workplace will not only help with productivity levels, but it will also help cut down on turnover and allow employers to employ qualified employees. Flexible scheduling isn’t the answer in every workplace, but it is an option that is worth being investigated and tried on a trial basis.