Are you sick of the status quo 9-5 work environment? Well, it may be beneficial to implement a flex scheduling attendance program. A relaxed approach to scheduling offers your employees the chance to work when it best fits their schedule, and it’s fairly popular too. In fact, a full “86 percent of the 2014 Best Companies to Work For offer employees some type of flexible schedule, including working from home one or more days a week.” Many young parents and professionals have trouble fitting their work schedule and personal schedule together. With a flex schedule system you can alleviate the stress many employees may face throughout the day, while keeping mission critical business activities on track. You can compose your own guidelines that will ensure meetings aren’t missed, while giving employees some freedom with their schedule. In this post, we will discuss how both employers and employees can benefit from a flex scheduling system.
Benefits to Employees
The time of day in which an employee is the most productive and fresh is not the same for everyone. By implementing flex scheduling, early birds can complete more work earlier in the day and night owls have the option to work later.
Employees Enjoy Extra Parenting Flexibility
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "69.9 percent of American mothers with children under 18 work outside the home or telecommute," indicating that many employees are forced to maintain a balancing act between work and family demands.
Based on these numbers, you can understand how employees with children will be much happier and secure in the knowledge that they can put their kids on the bus or pick them up after school. Also, they will not have to hire a babysitter or send their kids to an afterschool program. This will help employees better manage their schedule and not have to worry about missing time with their kids.
Spare Your Employees The Rush Hour Blues
Your employees won’t have to suffer through the frustrating rush hour traffic with flex scheduling. Rather, they can arrive prior to or after rush hour making their commute and the start of their day a bit more enjoyable.
The last thing an employee wants to do after work is sit in a doctor’s or dentist’s office; however, with flex scheduling they can go during the day and work the hours they missed throughout the week.
Benefits to Employers
With a flex scheduling system, employees are happier, their morale is up, and they are more productive when they are at work. With a schedule that can be adjusted to fit their needs, an employee will be much less likely to be absent.
Improved Employee Morale
There are many reasons why a flexible schedule will make your employees happier, but also important is it will make your business environment more productive. With a well-rested employee you can accomplish much more during the workday than when an employee is exhausted. With higher productivity, your business will be able to increase its output without sacrificing the quality of your work.
Attract More Talent
According to Business Know How, "small businesses often offer flex plans as a successful recruitment tactic. It is one of the ways they can stay competitive with bigger companies that frequently offer a better package of salary and health insurance benefits.” Many parents are unable to work when they are raising their children because they don’t have eight consistent hours to work every day. Unfortunately, this pulls a lot of unused talent from the workforce. Offering flex scheduling can attract new talent to your business without interfering with an employee’s personal life. This will not only help them contribute financially to their family, but also will enable them to stay involved in new business practices and technology for the future.
Staying Up-To-Date With Flex Scheduling
Staying involved with your employees’ schedules is important to ensure that your company achieves its business goals. Implementing a time and attendance system is crucial to make sure your employees are fulfilling their required hours. Using a key card or biometric fingerprint scanner is an effective method for keeping track of your employees’ work hours. If you are looking to start a flex scheduling system, contact VCS for more information about our Active Schedules Workforce Management System, which will effortlessly organize and accurately track employee shift scheduling and planning.
- “2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For,” Great Place To Work: http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/100-best-companies-to-work-for
- “Employment Characteristics of Families Summary,” Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/famee.nr0.htm
- “Flexible Work Arrangements: Employer Solutions to Common Problems,” Patricia Schaefer, Business Know-How: http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/flex-work.htm