The Benefits of Flexible Schedules
Managing staffing schedules is a time consuming and challenging task for some employers. Additionally, as employers and employees wrestle with achieving work/life balance, scheduling can be one of the factors that lead to employee satisfaction or employee turnover. Many employers have experienced staffing success by offering flexible or alternative schedules.Managing staffing schedules is a time consuming and challenging task for some employers. Additionally, as employers and employees wrestle with achieving work/life balance, scheduling can be one of the factors that lead to employee satisfaction or employee turnover. Many employers have experienced staffing success by offering flexible or alternative schedules.
Flexible scheduling options include the following:
- Flextime – employees are allowed to alter the start and end time of the work day. Some employers have established core hours in which the employee must work (i.e. 10 am – 2 pm); however, will allow their employees the option to vary their schedule around those hours.
- Compressed work week – employees are scheduled to work the same number of hours for the week in a shorter period of time. For example, an employee may work four 10-hour days.
- Job Sharing – two employees share the responsibilities of one job. For example, one employee may work in the morning and the other in the afternoon or the employees may alternate work days.
- Telecommuting – employees work away from the primary workplace, typically in their own home.
- Part-time employment – employees are scheduled less than full-time on an ongoing basis.
- On-call – employees work as needed.
Benefits of Flexible Scheduling
Employers benefit from offering flexible schedules to candidates and employees who cannot or chose not to work a traditional schedule. Particularly when positions are hard to fill, flexible scheduling allows employers to attract job candidates they might not otherwise attract – those individuals who want to work, but can’t or won’t work a full-time or traditional schedule.
As employers explore employee needs, many have found that the departure from traditional scheduling not only benefits the employee, but also the employer. Some of the benefits of flexibility in staffing include:
- Access to individuals the employer may not traditionally recruit or attract, such as retirees, students or people with childcare or eldercare responsibilities.
- Increased employee retention/decreased turnover.
- Benefit cost savings
- Reduced overtime pay
- Lowered absenteeism
- Increased productivity
- Greater employee morale
As employers implement flexible schedules, many soon discover that what may appear to be a significant withdrawal from traditional staffing becomes a business strategy that benefits both the organization and its staff.
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