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November 1, 2012

Flexible Schedules Can Boost Morale

Have you ever thought about eliminating set work schedules? Does the thought scare you? It shouldn’t.

Flexible work schedules can boost morale and show employees you trust them to do their jobs, and gives them a sense of empowerment. According to a workforce study by Spherion, a Florida recruitment agency, more than 85 percent of surveyed workers rank work/life balance as their most important priority. Flexible schedules directly address this issue and provide a solution employees appreciate.

Flexible work schedules come in a variety of forms. You can implement a compressed work week, which fits a five-day schedule into four days or compress a ten-day schedule into nine days. Usually, days off are rotated to ensure phone coverage and levels of customer service.

If a compressed schedule won’t work for your team, consider variable work hours or “flex time.” Open a window during which employees can start work. For example, set start times from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and allow employees to choose their start time based on seniority or coverage needs. Start and end times can be fixed or vary, provided the required hours are worked each day.

Check with your manager or human resources department to find out if a flexible work schedule is possible and be positively productive!

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