What time should you work? Should work shifts be continuous? If you could choose your ideal work schedule what would it be. Personally my sleep habits are difficult to say the least and combine in other responsibilities besides work and scheduling working hours can be difficult. I benefit from having the ability to maintain flexible work hours.
The balance has a wonderful article detailing the advantages and disadvantages of having flexible work hours. Below are two of my personal top of the advantages of having flexible work hours.
- Allows people to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working. (eg. morning person vs. night person). Many managers feel that early birds are hard workers and night owls are slackers. There’s no evidence that that is the case—it’s simply cultural.
- Flexibility to meet family needs, personal obligations, and life responsibilities conveniently. If you have a flexible schedule, you can go to a parent-teacher conference during the day, take a yoga class, or be home when the washing machine repair person comes.
In an article by Inc they have this to say aboue flexiable work hours, “If you don’t offer flexible working hours and conditions, you’re not only creating an unideal work environment for your employees. You could also be shutting out qualified candidates who won’t settle working for a company with an antiquated working hours policy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 million Americans actively choose part-time work. They’re not working fewer hours because they can’t find a full-time position; rather, they’re engaging in a deliberate, careful work-life balance. For most, working part-time is a result of simply not being able to commit to 9-to-5 jobs.”
Lets think about this for a minute. What do you think about flexible work hours? What is your current work shift? What improvements can be made in work schedules? Let me know what you think in the comments below and share with others. Lets get the conversation started. Thanks for reading.