BY Judah Hirsch Uncategorized
Aside from money, another equally important ingredient to an employee’s life is Time. With the proper use of time, the employee can better balance his work and life routine, catch up with friends and family, or cultivate his other passions.
There has been a recent trend locally, where certain employers are implementing the Flexi-time work schedule. Here, the employee can go to work at any time within the prescribed hours, as long as he finishes his tasks and adheres to the minimum number of working hours. Let’s compare it to the Traditional 8 to 5 (or fixed schedule) and weigh their pros and cons.
Flexi time or Flexible Work Schedule
Contrary to popular belief, Flexi-time does not grant employees absolutely free discretion to work at “anytime” they please. In general, the Start and Stop times are flexible, but the bulk of the day or “Core” time is where the necessary work gets done.
There are three main parts which make up Flexi-time: Start, Core, and Stop Time. (picture from Kentucky Transportation Website)
Start time is flexible up to a certain range. In general, local companies peg the flexible start time from 8 – 10 am. Thus, the employee can wake up a little later than the 8-to-5ers, still have time to cook breakfast and send off their kids to school, and generally breathe a little easier because of the faster commute away from rush hour traffic. Core time is where the company makes its bread and butter. Not much needs to be said about this period because the employee is already at the office, working hard (we hope!). Lastly, Stop time is also flexible. As long as the employee reaches the minimum number of working hours, he can already time out and call it a day. Other companies actually allow flexible schedules by the week, where the employee can spread out his number of hours per day as long as he meets the weekly quota. (This varies from company to company, however. Consult your HR for more details.)
Pros: avoid the rush hour traffic, certain degree of freedom for the employee
Cons: unmotivated employees might shortchange their work, can be a supervision nightmare for the employer, if good systems are not set in place (if you want to execute flexi-time properly, check out www.salarium.com/sal-time)
Suited for: creatives, copywriters, startup roles and other results based work
Traditional Fixed Schedule
The 8 to 5 is the usual schedule of going to work. The employee is expected to come in at the office on time, or else deductions are in order. This could be quite challenging for more progressive employees, since the local traffic situation is in really dire straits. It’s gotten to a point where the working hours and commute are the main consideration of some employees in choosing their job. The traditional scheme is more suited with the employer in mind. There would be no hassle for the management in balancing the schedules per employee. Work gets done consistently, day in and day out.
For most companies however, Traditional fixed schedules are actually indispensable. This is obvious since daily operations such as phone calls, reports, and deliveries need to be carried out during conventional working hours. Also, for some companies who match their schedules to cater to their international clients, fixed shifts are obligatory.
Pros: consistency, less hassle for the employer or HR
Cons: rush hour traffic, more progressive minded employees might look elsewhere
Suited for: corporate jobs, shift based work