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Have your organisation introduced flexible working yet?


What hours do you currently work? Do you work more traditional office hours 9am til 5pm? Do you work 4 days on 4 days off? Perhaps you have a 5 week shift pattern that works in a cycle? If that is the case even though you shifts may differ they are predetermined shifts set by your management.

So what if you were told that you could dictate at least some of the hours that you work. Outside of some core hours when you had to be on site, you could determine when you completed the rest of your contractual obligation.

This is what was discussed in the article: “Flexible hours make you work LONGER: Employees reward their bosses with more overtime if they’re given ‘freedom.” It examined what happened as a result of offering the Flexi-Time method of working and Employers were impressed with the results.

“We found this tendency for people to work more when given greater control held true even when we took into account a whole range of factors influence your likelihood to work longer, including level of authority and type of job. And this increase in working hours was greatest when workers had full autonomy over their working hours.” (Daily Mail, 2016)

The article went on to further examine the reasons why employees tended to work more hours as a result of having this greater freedom which the article highlights several, before then considering the differences in attitudes by gender. Overall though the approach is positive as long as the employee is able to disengage with their work at the appropriate time.

So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found here.

The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.

With reference to the article discussed Rota Horizon allows you to utilise the Flexi-Time Module, enabling you to record an employees hours whatever hours they work. You will have the ability to specify the bandwidth and core hours, after that the Employee will be able to determine when they work within those.

Flexi-Time is becoming more and more common within the workplace, with cultural changes being a big driver behind this. As the article highlights, Employers are seeing the benefits by being more Flexible around their Employees home and social lives, resulting in fact with the employee giving more back to the business.

With Rota Horizon in place you will also be able to see whether an Employee is falling short of, or exceeding their contractual obligation when it comes to their working hours. This has the great potential to help shape future company culture where introducing this type of approach can enhance employee morale and productivity.

So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or contact us below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by clicking here and providing the details requested.

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