Work hours can really suck. We all know how it feels. You finally wake up to your third (or eighth) alarm of the morning feeling like death. It’s that groggy, baggy-eyed, not-fully-awake stage before you’ve had your morning coffee. The clock reads 6:00 — or maybe earlier. The point is, it’s early.
You go to work for your next eight hours, but your projects pile up, so you stay late to get more work done. By the time you return home, your plan to go to the gym is out the window, you don’t feel like putting in the extra effort to cook dinner so you pick up fast food, and you can’t make other plans because your friends or family are probably already settled in for the evening. So, you climb into bed just to wake up and do it all over again the next day.
Working early hours into late nights often leaves employees feeling drained, stressed and overwhelmed. Sometimes their personal lives become consumed by their jobs because they feel they don’t have enough time to do the things that make them happy outside of work. This is the perfect opportunity for a business to improve employee morale while still maintaining constant, efficient levels of productivity. The solution is called flextime.
With flextime, employees still work their required hours, but they can choose their starting and finishing times to coordinate with kids’ schedules or just with their own body’s productive times. In some cases, employees even work weekend shifts because that’s what works best for them.
Employees are as important to a business as its financial assets. People are a resource. It’s important to place value in them, but sometimes it can be hard to retain them. Providing flexible schedules is a great benefit in keeping employees. Here are four ways flextime can help boost employee satisfaction and productivity:
Flextime Helps Destress Employees.
Employees who feel that their jobs absorb their social and home lives are often in a constant state of displeasure. Having the option to choose their work hours can help them adjust their schedules so they can go to that baby shower for their sister, that tailgate party with their friends, or school plays and recitals for their children. Brooke Ortner, Envoy’s media director, enjoys the flextime scheduling because it means she can enjoy the things she wants to do outside of work.
“As a mom of two young kids, flexible scheduling is wonderful,” Ortner said. “My work/life balance is awesome — I don’t have to choose between family and work life. And, it eliminates the unnecessary stress of having to be in a seat at a specific time. We all function differently, and having the ability to control when we work makes for a happier, more productive environment.”
Flextime Improves Efficiency and Adaptability.
If some clients are only available during specific times of the day, businesses can allow their employees to work during the best times to reach them. More availability means more time and more flexible ways to reach clients and consumers.
This is particularly useful for employees working at international companies, who may be located in the United States but have colleagues or clients around the globe. Working a typical 8 to 5 schedule won’t work if you need to connect with colleagues or clients in Australia on a daily basis.
Flextime Lessens Workloads.
Employees who work weekends or evenings can often work on projects that would normally get pushed back until the next business day. This frees up time and helps eliminate work pile-ups.
Flextime Saves Vacation Days.
Jasonea Shockey, Envoy’s vice president of client services, enjoys flextime because it allows her to take time off without having to use up vacation time. If she wants to attend a program at her kids’ school, she can take off the time she needs to attend as long as she makes up that time later. For example, she might take an hour or two during the day to spend time with family and then put that time back in during the evening without having to use vacation time.
“Having a flexible schedule has been such a blessing,” Shockey said. “The thing I love most is that I can schedule kid’s activities in early evening so they don’t interfere with dinner, homework or family time.”
Flextime is a great perk to offer employees and to help them achieve work/life balance. It also gives employees the time and ability to pursue their own interests outside of work, so they are more productive during their time at work.