What it is it that flexible work practices really means? Do you just get to stay at home, party all night? Are there even any disadvantages? Well there are many hundreds of different flexible work practices out there. First of all we have the world wide Flextime. Flextime is an arrangement that gives each employee in a workplace the right to choose his or hers working hours - within the framework of given guidelines. You usually operate with the concepts of a fixed time and an external working time. Fixed time means the time when all employees must be present (e.g. 9.00 am to 3.00 pm). The external working time is the time that is before and after the fixed time, and where each employee has ...view middle of the document...
So is it really a good idea to switch to flex time. Well according to a study among 20,000 executives and business owners in 95 countries, nearly three out of four think that flextime is a good thing that both helps to attract and retain employees. The study also shows that managers estimate that 62 percent of employees would actually say no to a job, if there is no opportunity to influence the meeting and leaving time.
Another flexible work practice is telecommuting where the employee do all of their work, using electronic devices such as computers and tablets, and where the work is performed outside the company e.g. at home cafes, library etc. but just as well could have been done at the company. Working hours are therefore not fixed, so as long as the work gets done properly and of course in time, you are free to arrange your time as you wish and you also save transportation time to and from work.
Again this sounds really amazing and the enthusiasm is most often greatest within the employees. Your getting more done. You have greater productivity. There is quieter so you are able to concentrate. Control over your projects and task without comments from co-workers and manager. You may feel greater loyalty and commitment. It is also easier to work from home despite illness. You can feel less stress - even though telecommuters tend to work more than their colleagues, in an attempt to prove that they do not exploit the flexibility to take a nap or do other things. The biggest advantage is probably that you can plan your working hours more flexible - and thus get work, leisure and family to fit better together.
As for the company the advantage are that you can save a lot of space. Since you do not need to rent premises for employees such as offices. Furthermore If you offer employees to work at home, you get a company with more satisfied employees who have greater motivation because they can arrange their own day.
But as said, telecommuting is not unproblematic. The main problem is that the boundaries between work and leisure are getting blurred. It can have different outcomes, depending on who you are. Some may be inclined to work less; it can be hard to ignore the laundry and children. Telecommuting sounds relaxing, but if you do not finish your work it can cause stress and guilty conscience and you will need to do even more work the next day
Other starts working too much. They will start working more compared to the work they would get done at the workplace. The employee wants to deliver a good result and so they may have a tendency to work excessively long. They will get stressed and...