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August 1, 2016

How Flexible Work Schedules Work for You

Many employees today want flexible work schedules, and your ability to accommodate them can help you improve morale, motivation, and recognition.

The desire for flexibility is strongest with Generation X and Millennials, who value work/life balance. These younger generations work to live unlike Baby Boomers who live to work. However, Boomers, too, are finding flexibility attractive as they approach retirement and are starting to consider options for part-time work.shutterstock_58333501

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Compressed workweeks. Employees work the same number of weekly hours, but squeeze them into a shorter workweek. For example, they work four 10-hour days and have one day off a week.
  • Flextime. This option offers windows for starting and ending the workday, and the employee chooses the window they need. For example, an eight-hour workday with a one-hour lunch could start between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and end between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Work-from home. Employees may work from home one or more days per week, depending on the responsibilities of their jobs and the need for them to be onsite. 

Flexible work options can boost morale and motivation because they recognize the demands on your employees’ lives and give them opportunities for meeting them. It also shows that you trust your team to deliver results even if they are not onsite. See my blog posts Boost Employee Morale Again and Again and Motivate Employees for Results for more information.

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