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Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules?

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Question: Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules?

Advantages for employers and employees exist when the employer allows employees to work flexible schedules. Whether the flexible work schedules involve compressing work days, flexible daily hours, or telecommuting, challenges exist for the employer and the employee.

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Let's take a look at the advantages for employers and employees that flexible work schedules provide. Then, rather than enumerating the disadvantages, we'll look at several of the challenges of flexible work schedules and provide solutions in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Advantages of Flexible Work Schedules for Employees

With flexible work schedules, employees experience these benefits:

  • Flexibility to meet family needs, personal obligations, and life responsibilities conveniently.
  • Reduced consumption of employee commuting time and fuel costs.
  • Avoids traffic and the stresses of commuting during rush hours.
  • Increased feeling of personal control over schedule and work environment.
  • Reduces employee burnout due to overload.
  • Allows people to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working. (eg. morning person vs. night person).
  • Depending on the flexible work schedule chosen, may decrease external childcare hours and costs.

Advantages of Flexible Work Schedules for Employers

With flexible work schedules, employers experience these benefits:

  • Increased employee morale, engagement, and commitment to the organization.
  • Reduced absenteeism and tardiness.
  • Increased ability to recruit outstanding employees.
  • Reduced turnover of valued staff.
  • Allows people to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working. (e.g. morning person vs. night person).
  • Extended hours of operation for departments such as customer service.
  • Develops image as an employer of choice with family friendly flexible work schedules.

There are also key organizational challenges you need to address to make flexible work schedules support your business. In and of themselves, as a positive benefit for employees, flexible work schedules support employee engagement, positive morale, and retention. But, flexible work schedules must operate to meet the needs of the business, too.

See more about the challenges inherent in life and family friendly flexible work schedules.

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