I have written about workplace flexibility before, but I believe it is an important and viable option that employers should seriously consider implementing for employees whose jobs allow for flex work. Companies need to get out of the ‘I need employees to be in the office and at their desks to know they are doing their job.’ Stephen Miller quotes Kate Lister of Global Workplace Analytics as saying, “If you need to see the backs of your employees’ heads, you’re not managing. You’re babysitting.” This is so true. A true manager doesn’t have to see his or her employees on a daily basis to ensure work is being completed. Employees, according to Lister, should be rated on the quality of their work and not when or where the work is accomplished.
Real estate savings and lower turnover rates are only two benefits of offering flex-time to employees. Face it – most employees are already mobile with laptops, cell phones, netbooks, and tablets. Technology has already presented many solutions to connectivity challenges employees may face. Allowing employees to have a stronger work / life balance, reducing stress, and increasing engagement of employees is essential in decreasing employee turnover. Most employers that already allow flex-time allow employees to telecommute three days a week and come into the office two days a week.
Does your employer allow for flex-time? If so, what is the general schedule for most employees?