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Work-life balance: How flexible are your working hours?

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I have looked into a number of different working approaches with reference to Employee working hours. It is becoming far more prominent in the modern era that the most valued privilege by employees within any job role, is to have flexibility to dictate when they can complete the hours they are contracted to do.

I have produced a number of articles reinforcing this viewpoint with market research finding it is the most sought after company benefit, which is unsurprising with the way the world is changing.

More people are putting greater emphasis on achieving in the careers as well as having a family, which means to juggle the two, there needs to be more flexibility in a lot of cases. Also people’s social patterns are changing which means if employment hours can be more flexible, it really does have the potential to significantly improve employee morale, whilst ensuring the job still gets completed.

I came across the article: “Work-life balance: Can your job be as flexible as this?” It discusses the approach that has been implemented by Paycircle, a payroll software provider to small businesses. It highlights that one of their employees is envied by her friends due to their relaxed attitude on when she completes her working hours.

“There is no company handbook, the job interview process usually involves the whole team and holiday entitlement is entirely self-controlled. Flexibility extends to hours and attendance at the office in Ascot or the “company apartment” in London.

“It is based on trust and maturity. Colleagues are trusted to get the work done and there is respect, so you do not let down the other 14 people,” says co-founder Catherine Pinkney, an evangelist for non-traditional working.”

The article also goes on to highlight your rights to Flexible working:

“Every employee in the UK has the statutory right to request flexible working after 26 weeks of employment.

Requests should be in writing stating the date of the request and whether any previous application has been made and the date of that application
Requests and appeals must be considered and decided upon within three months of the receipt of the request
Employers must have a sound business reason for rejecting any request
Employees can only make one request in any 12 month period”

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.

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 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.

With reference to the article, this could be invaluable information as while it is a refreshing approach to empower employees to decide when they complete their hours, from a business perspective it is still integral that they do in fact complete them.

Also when measuring productivity, the information gathered from understanding when staff have been completing their hours can be used to further shape company reform. If their is a correlation between success and working certain hours this could be promoted to other staff members so they too have greater potential to bask in the same success.

On top of this our Self Service Module may prove advantageous to organisations who adopt a more flexible approach. The benefits of the module are highlighted below, that further highlight ways you can empower employees further to manage their working day, whilst still obtaining the information to ensure they are getting their work done:

  • Clock in/out (their GPS location is recorded when using a mobile)
  • View their work schedule (past, present & future)
  • Request annual leave/absence
  • Check remaining holiday entitlement
  • View unallocated shifts and request to work them
  • Set their availability
  • View their flexi-time balance

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 us below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by clicking here and providing the details requested.

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