04 Apr Flexible Working Arrangements
With the current fuel prices and transportation challenges for employees, flexible work arrangements may be an option that can meet the needs of both the department and the employee. Departments are strongly encouraged to be as flexible as possible in allowing for alternative work schedules.
Flexibility can be challenging, especially in small organizations. There may be days when no one is in the office because they all worked at the special event the evening before. A disgruntled employee who leaves might claim hundreds of overtime hours for which you have no records. Someone may have to take stress leave because they did not take any time off in lieu of all their overtime. These kinds of situations underscore the importance of having clear, effective HR policies.
Despite effective HR policies, employees find some element of scope to abuse this arrangement. Even with giving them instructions on how they should track their hours, keeping track of hours, becomes difficult as there are several complexities one needs to consider to capture the work schedule – calculate the actual hourly rate for each employee, see if some jobs are too big and others too small, etc.
There are several principles organizations follow to ensure that flexible working arrangement is availed by employees in their best interest and not misused. There are a few organizations wherein employees on a flexible working arrangement – be it compressed workweek, part-time work, work from home or flexi-time are asked to fill in their timesheet. We all know the effort it takes to fill in the timesheet manually. The data shared by the employee – is it correct and is not biased?
Upgrading my timesheet software to ClockIt, I continue to be at ease whether employees work from office or from any remote location in the world. I do not spend sleepless nights calculating their time clock and timesheets and I don’t ask them to fill in timesheets, thereby letting them focus on what they do best!
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Flexible Working Arrangements:
Why You Need It and How to Get Them.
Why Employees Want Flexibility
Shorter Work Weeks
Telecommuting and Virtual Working
Benefits of flexible work arrangements
- Increased productivity – Workers with more flexible schedules are more productive. They are happier and less stressed, meaning they are more likely to perform at their highest level.
- Reduced absenteeism – If employees need reduced hours due to illness, a medical condition, or caring for a child, flexible work arrangements can help reduce absenteeism.
- Improved employee retention – Retaining employees is expensive. Flexible work arrangements are proven to reduce turnover and ensure your team stays strong.
- Higher cultural fit – When employees feel like their needs are being met and they have more control over their schedules, they are more likely to be engaged with their work and the company. This will impact your company culture.
- An edge in recruiting – With more and more people looking for jobs with flexible work schedules, it gives you an edge in recruiting the best talent for your organization.