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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Flexing Your Muscle – How Flex Working is Changing the Way Businesses Operate

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Flex working, also known as flextime or telecommuting, is a flexible work schedule that allows employees to work the hours that fit their lives best. Many people have personal life situations that don’t mesh well with the typical 9-5, Monday-Friday work schedule, and as such, most would appreciate being able to choose flexible hours to accommodate those situations.

In businesses that allow flex working, the employer sets a specific range of hours and days the employee can choose working within to meet the required number of hours for a typical work week. This flexible schedule benefits both employees and employers alike.

What’s in it for the Employer?
Depending on how an employer breaks the flexible schedule down, it’s likely the business will save money, especially in overhead costs. If the workers work extremely different hours, they can use a virtual office address rather than a physical one to share many of the duties of a traditional office environment, which ultimately saves the company money.

The bottom line of implementing a flexible schedule for employees is that it makes them happy. Happy employees are less likely to go hunting for another job, and they are much more productive overall. People want to stay put, so if an employer is willing to acknowledge the importance of a work-life balance, they will remain loyal, and employee retention rates may skyrocket.

Lastly, flexible work schedules help eliminate those irritating, disruptive call-ins. When an employee can choose his own hours, he’s able to reschedule his hours for later in the week if something keeps him from being able to work that day. 

Businesses that Benefit from Flex Working
Almost any type of business can make flex working work, but those that are customer or client driven may find a flexible schedule difficult, especially if employees must be at a physical location during certain hours.

Many marketing and advertising businesses use flextime schedules, as their employees can often conduct work duties anytime and anywhere as long as they have their respective devices handy.

Industries that don’t have to cater to customers and/or clients regularly can make flextime work efficiently for their employees. For example, the information technology industry, which often operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is an ideal candidate for flex working as it allows employees the opportunity to schedule their hours round the clock. 

Why Employers Should Consider Flex Working for Their Employees
Researchers have discovered that striking a good work-life balance is beneficial to both employees and employers. Employees who can choose their own hours are less stressed, happier, and report general overall well-being. Whether it’s having to coordinate a childcare schedule with a spouse, working around study commitments, health issues or some other personal situation that conflicts with the traditional work schedule, people who are lucky enough to work for an employer who understands the struggle and offers flex working are extremely loyal and dedicated.

Flex working isn’t a new concept. However, it has taken it some time to catch on. Not all businesses are going to benefit from such a flexible work schedule, but those that can should consider implementing a flextime schedule that works for both the company and the employees equally. Flex working not only helps employees meet their personal and work commitments, but it also has the potential to save companies money in the long run.

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