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How do you perceive flexible working hours?

Flexible working hours have been the topic of discussion a lot here at Thinking Software and I have produced articles discussing the positive and negative impacts on organisations. When I came across the article: “Flexible working hours may undermine employees’ standing,” I was surprised by the perception.

While the article highlights some of the great benefits to introducing this method of working, it would seem that the time you arrive and leave work still has the potential to give others a bad impression of you, even after completing your contractual obligation.

The article states: “In a series of studies, my research colleagues and I found that employees who take advantage of flexible work time to start work later may be unwittingly risking their career prospects because of the way they are perceived by supervisors. It turns out that supervisors in firms with flexible hours tended to view negatively employees who start work later in the day, perceiving them to be less conscientious than those who start work early.”

Personally, while I can see why people may have this viewpoint it’s not one I support. I can’t comprehend why an organisation would present an appealing means for an employee to complete their working hours, to then be penalised for not arriving as early as another colleague.

Flexible working is a great way to empower staff to their job to the best of their ability, in hours that fit most effectively around the rest of their life. This then has the potential to increase both productivity and morale, making that employee a greater asset to the organisation than before.

The article does reinforce this view, stating: “Recruiters often promote such schemes as a perk because they help staff organise their workdays around family or other commitments for example, or avoid commutes during peak hours. Companies benefit from higher productivity, job satisfaction and lower employee turnover.”

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.

The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 400 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 greater reference to flexible working hours though, Rota Horizon also has a Flexi-Time module that provides you with the ability to record an employee’s exact hours within a set period by simply getting them to clock in and out for work. Within the employee’s profile most organisations will specify some core hours where they must be on site (ie between 10am and 2pm) then after that they are free to complete their contracted hours in a specified time period at times of their choosing. The system will highlight to them, when they clock in and out, their Flexi-Balance ensuring they are aware how many hours they need to do.

So if you believe that your organisation could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or contact sales below. At this stage we appreciate that this may well be very much an exploratory conversation to learn more about the software which we very much welcome.

To read the article discussed please click here.

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