Making flexible hours a part of your office culture

Help your employees love what they do by recognising the need for offering jobs with flexible hours and making it part of your company’s culture.

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 as the passion the feel for their job begins to fade.

One way to re-ignite that passion 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 wellbeing 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 love what they do 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.

Create a place for employees to love what they do.

Offering jobs with flexible hours will keep your staff engaged and happy. Read our related articles on offering opportunities for flexibility and work-life balance: 

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