Why Flexible Working Hours Make Employees More Productive
Flexible work hours allow employees to create their own schedules (rather than being required to stick to the traditional 40-hour 9-t-o-5 work week) and decide when and where they work. Plenty of studies have found that flexible work schedules are essential for happy and productive employees. In One4all’s research, 69% of employees put the ability to work more flexible schedules in the top spot of their workplace health and wellbeing initiatives wishlists.
Here, we discuss five reasons why employees crave flexible working hours:
1. They can adapt their schedule to fit family needs
When employees have the option to work their own hours, they can adapt these hours to their family and social life demands. For example, a flexible work schedule allows an employee to come to work after they’ve dropped their children to school, take a break in the afternoon to collect them, and then return to work later in the evening. Another example would be an employee being able to take a couple of hours off in the morning to go to a personal appointment and a flexible schedule allows them to manipulate their working hours without taking time off.
A flexible work schedule is great for promoting a healthy work-life balance, allowing employees to be productive in their role and maintain strong relationships in their personal lives.
2. They can work whenever they’re most productive
Employees aren’t all productive at the exact same time; some work well in the mornings while others are able to work intensely and distraction-free in the afternoon.
Flexibility in schedules allows employees to work the hours they feel they get everything accomplished – this helps them to become better employees and reduces the number of unproductive hours.
3. They can avoid rush hour
Studies have found that rush hour commuters waste approximately two and a half full days out of a year sitting in a car. And a study by McGill University’s Charis Loong and colleagues found that ‘satisfaction with travel mode is associated with higher odds of feeling energised and being punctual’ and ‘the strain of the daily commute can negatively impact performance at work’. If an employee has a painful commute, it can eventually drive them to search for work in companies closer to home.
Flexible working hours is a great way to combat this as it allows employees to avoid heavy traffic by leaving earlier/later, even if it is by just thirty minutes. A stress-free commute boosts employees’ satisfaction and happy employees are productive employees.
4. They like the sense of autonomy
Employees like control over their schedules, they like being in charge of their work and personal lives, ensuring they have a healthy balance. It also makes them feel like their company trusts them.
Flexible working hours fits in with this nicely. In a flexible work environment, employees are encouraged to work the hours they feel they are going to be productive, and this is key for maximising the results employees deliver and minimising time waste.
5. They have time for self-care
The importance of self-care is well documented but between increasing workloads and demanding deadlines, a lot of employees don’t have a moment to switch off and take time for themselves.
A flexible work schedule is a great way for employees to find time for self-care, whether it be going for a massage in the afternoon, coming in later after a morning yoga class or taking a later lunch break so they can practise stress relief methods like meditation and aromatherapy.
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