Should employees be allowed to create their own hours?
Some of my team say they work best late at night, while others are most productive in the morning. Is it reasonable to allow them to make their own hours or do organizations perform best when the whole team is together for the most part during the 9-5 standard business hours?
For those employees that prove that they can meet the goals and objectives with excellent output for the desired outcomes, it should not matter from where they work or when they fit the work in.
I agree. Employees today want more freedom and flexibility to work at their own pace. However, it truly depends on the type of business.
I love the results only work environment idea.
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The general idea is that workers can plan and execute the work they agree to do when and how and with whom they deem to work best, as long as you the boss agree it is effective. So your people decide how when and where to work, making agreements to meet when needed or most effective. This raises the quality of work because it prerequisites engagement. You pay only for the finished product a predetermined price that is agrreed to be sufficient.
I think the world is moving gradually to this working model. I know of some top corporations in Nigeria already doing this, but not for all job functions because it is important that the products and services of companies are readily available for the customer to access. I think also that it would depend on the industry, and there must be in place a system were are skills required for the company to be successful are always in place, at least during the recognized working hours (you can't have members of your Marketing team for instance all choosing to work from 12noon to 9 pm because of the freedom to create their own hours), and there has to be a great level of discipline by the employee, and monitoring by management to ensure that the hours promised are put to full use.
If your employees are working from home I see no problem with them setting their own hours. Just as long as they can complete their goals by your set deadlines.
Now if you have employees coming to an office setting that depends on the amount of resources you have to keep the place running. Having the lights on for the two folks who just have to work late night does not seem practical.
Yes, employees should be allowed to create their own hours, especially now, in these days, when they could easily start their own businesses if the company for which they work on is not flexible enough for them. Why would a valuable employee continue to work for a company that is not understanding him/her and that is rigid in its behavior towards him/her ? Would you work for a company that is acting as if you should be happy to work for them ? In my opinion, people should start treating other people as PEOPLE, not as Human Resources, that are easily replaceable with other Human Resources. If you want happy employees (hence you know they perform better) offer them this opportunity - what makes you think you are more successful as a business if you force your employees to work on specific times, especially when it is not necessary to do that?
Providing that internal clients or organization setup allow this kind of flexibility, answer is yes. Still there should be some common platform where all team members are available to each other. Traditionally, I can think of 'core hours' at least once per week. A private forum or other virtual environment can make it too, especially if the organization is geographically fragmented.
It would depend on the Industry. I know folks that currently do this they are more productive.
YES. Provided you are covered for customer support/inquiries or other interaction. Allowing people to make their own hours will get you more productivity and happier employees.
It is totally depends on your business nature and business standard,...,mostly software or web developer work at a distance with different timing, at the same time big group who has lot of work lot of men power so they need production other than timing issue, now you find yourself where are you lie?
I believe that employees will be more productive and efficient when they are allowed to work on their own hours. However, it is also important that all employees would allot specific work hours when they can work altogether as a team. My opinion, i think, will work best for freelancers and virtual workers like myself.
There is a strong argument that says that the whole of a team is greater than the sum of its parts.However, this is not an either/or issue. I suggest you rather ask questions such as: How much does the work suit flexible working?, How do I balance employee desires to work requirements?, what aspects of work have a team compenent and what doesnt? etc
Both morning and night people are not good team players. Not that they're deficient but they may have [personal] problems you might want to help them with. They try to avoid the afternoon but it's not because of siesta!
Perhaps this is one of the fundamental questions when we want to introduce the "mobile office". Especially in smaller, flatter and agile organizations I find it that the work really is not dependent on when or where you do the work. The only thing that matters is that the work gets done as agreed.
So far so good, sounds nice :-) However this approach requires some serious discussion around culture, values, trust, responsible vs. responsibility, accountability and all those soft skills needed for reliability. If you overlook these you will surely find yourself and your business in trouble over time. The upside then again is that with that trust and freedom you sprinkle over your organization you can also expect better performance, quality improvement, greater employee satisfaction and ultimately an improved employer brand.
Are the members of your team also realtors or a team designed to support your real estate business? I know realtors do not work an 8-5 or 9-5 schedule since they work on their customers' schedules (most work day and night). But if your team is there to support your business and not actively doing real estate, they should be there during normal working hours so they can take care of the administrative tasks that support your business and be your right arm when you are not available (since you are selling real estate) . If they are writing contracts for you, doing documentation, or maybe files, then maybe evenings is not a problem. But if they need to coordinate with title companies or mortgage companies or host an open house or run checks, they need to work normal business hours as that is the only hours these other companies do business.
The answer may be in your employees' energy cycles. Ask any ten people if they are morning or evening people and you'll probably get ten different answers. We all have different times in the day when we are at our best for interacting with others, working alone, and completing mild cognitive tasks. If you can demonstrate that you trust your people, help them set up an office environment that will cultivate success and let them schedule work flow around how their brains and bodies work, you'll be amazed at what they will produce.
Definitely depends on the kind of work you're doing and the amount of collaboration you would need to do within a team. Team members should have some flexibility if it doesn't affect the rest of the workers or hinder work being done by others. And if they don't have to work with clients or customers. While it would be great to only work at places where you can be the most productive in terms of your wishes, unfortunately when you work for someone else, you have to follow the schedule they deem best for their business. If you prefer an alternate schedule, that should be discussed upfront at a job interview to see if it can be accommodated and if you would be a good fit with the organization. At the end of the day, the employer wants the work to be completed to the best of your ability to ensure they're getting the biggest bang for their buck, but it has to work for everyone or it can't work at all. One other point is that allowing you flexibility, while other employees have to stick to a stricter schedule could look like you are getting favorable treatment and employers have to take that into account as well. Face time and working virtually are also options for many.
I can understand flexi time in organizations but it is not a great idea to have employee create theirmown hours.A shift system can be instituted. Employees can volunteer to work in day or night shifts depending on their most productive time. Once the shift has been decided no laxity should be given.There has to be a semblence of discipline in the organization
I found that letting them make their own schedule they don't miss work because they made their own schedule and if they go to call off I use that a reason they can't call off.
It's not a matter of "employees being allowed". Employees need to take the initiative to talk to their managers about what they need to be most productive. Most companies are global and have clients 24-7. Depending upon what industry and what role/responsibilities your have - there are often several opportunities to match your shift to the way you work best. But it's not the company or your manager to specifically provide this for you. It's really not the company or your manager's responsibility to provide a perfect work environment for you.
Their goal is to meet the company's goals and business commitments. So, it really depends upon the company goals, the department productivity goals, and what works best for achieving those business commitments. So - I recommend that you understand the company/department/manager's business commitments first. Then start the conversation with your manager - but don't come empty handed. Come into the meeting with alternative shifts that both accomplishes their business commitments AND your specific shift needs. And it may not have to be an "all or nothing" type arrangement. Talking to your manager, you may find that they need 9-5 on customer-facing activities on M, W, F and can absorb more flexible hours on Tuesday and Thursday. It may be that your organization is Global - meaning that your department oversees multiple time zones. So, talk to your manager about other customer timezones that you can work. You might find that it's important for your department to be 9-5, but they also need coverage on weekends. Talk to your manager about switching from a M-F, first shift - to other shifts. Be flexible and take the initiative to design a Win/Win solution.
But - realize that companies are in the business to make money. Keeping you happy isn't really their primary responsibility. Therefore, you need to take the lead to define a solution that matches both their needs and yours.