Offering jobs with flexible hours, and making this a part of your company’s culture, is a key driver of workplace happiness.
Why flexible hours in the workplace matters
In today’s commercial environment, employees often have to do part of the heavy lifting, helping companies do more with less. It can see employees burnt out, and a sense of resentment takeover over their enjoyment of their job. One way to re-ignite employee happiness is by promoting alternative work arrangements. It can deliver positive results for your company – and not just in terms of keeping productivity high. It can enhance the overall health and well-being of your staff, thereby reducing both absenteeism and “presenteeism” (coming to work when ill). After all, none of us can be expected to work continuously under stress without eventually becoming physically run down.
Helping your employees strike the right balance between their professional obligations and personal life is easier – and less costly – than you might think. Your staff are more likely to find happiness at work when you follow our five suggestions for providing work flexible hours.
Allow your staff to work flexible hours
Your company’s regular business hours may not work well for all staff. An employee who needs to pick up their children from school each day for instance, could be allowed to start and end the work day a bit earlier. Others might benefit more from a compressed work week: instead of five eight-hour days, designated employees might be able to work four ten-hour days, resulting in one less day in the office per week.
Provide opportunities for telecommuting
Offer personnel whose jobs can be done remotely the option of working at home at least a few times a month (especially those with long commutes). Email and other communication tools will ensure they never miss a beat.
Avoid the temptation to contact staff after hours
While technology can indeed keep us connected 24/7, resist the temptation to phone or email your employees outside of work hours – unless it’s truly urgent. Respect that your staff need time every day to ‘unplug’.
Give time off for a job well done
After the successful completion of a long or difficult project, allow staff a day off – or at least, a partial day – to relax and recharge.
Consider bringing in reinforcements when necessary
If you know when your workplace is likely to be busier than normal (for example, around tax time), make plans now to ease the burden on your staff by scheduling interim personnel. Most importantly, remember to set the standard for your company. Show employees that you value your personal time too, and know when to step away from the laptop or put down your phone. Leading by example sends a powerful message.
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