“Some of my employees have suggested introducing flexi-time hours into the workplace. This appears to be a new trend within many organisations. However, I am worried it will become difficult to supervise. Should I introduce flexi-time?”
First, well done on listening to the needs of your employees and considering their new ideas! It can often be demotivating for staff when their friends and family are enjoying the benefits of flexi-time, if they are not. However, you need to consider whether this new concept works with your company’s culture and the current management of your employees.
If you are worried about losing a certain amount of control of your employees, there are many variations of flexi-time that you may consider. It will be important to consider when your employees are most required to work within the day, for example over the lunch time period. To overcome the potential chance of being understaffed, you can set core hours to be worked throughout the day.
Therefore, the periods of flexi-time will only be at the beginning or end of the day. Sometimes a flexible lunch period can also be introduced.
The benefits of flexi-time are:
1. Help recruit and retain current staff.
2. Reduce travel costs for employees if travel is outside of peak hours.
3. Boosts morale if employees can accommodate for their responsibilities outside of work.
However, please ensure that your hours of attendance records are recording carefully and accurately!