Flexible Work Hours: 5 Reasons Employees Need Them
Healthy VibesMedical appointments happen every year, and some happen multiple times per year, like the dentist. Health-related issues can also happen unexpectedly - to employees and their dependents. Flexible schedules allow employees to take care of themselves and their family members whenever they need to.
Sick as a DogFamily pets fall sick, too, and when that happens, someone needs to either stay home with them or take them to the vet. For many people, pets are family and should be taken care of as such...and flexibility can help make that happen.
Household WoesThings also, inevitably, come up at home, such as a broken water heater or a flooded basement, and someone usually needs to be present for the repairs. A flexible work schedule can help take stress out of the equation.
The Dreaded CommuteSome employees might live a fair distance from the office, and in a large metro area, traffic can be horrendous. Commuters enjoy the luxury of flexible hours to beat traffic - with less time in the car, they're less stressed, and, in turn, more productive in the office.
Please HoldMany organizations, like banks, the DMV, and insurance companies only field calls during business hours. For employees who work full time, and will inevitably be put on hold, flexibility can make it possible for them to check things off their growing to-do lists by calling at a time other than their lunch break (when everyone else is calling, too) and/or waiting on hold if necessary.
Giving employees the opportunity to handle life will help them better balance their time and schedules, freeing up their minds to focus on work when they're at work and deal with other responsibilities outside the office.
Do you encourage employees to embrace flexible work hours? If so, what's your policy? Is it working for your organization? Let us know in the comments below.