What to Know About Offering Flextime & How It Will Help You Keep Employees

By Kaitlin Hurtado on September 4, 2021

As an employer, one of your main goals is maintaining the team of employees you are leading, and that means keeping them satisfied with their workplace. That being said, you may find yourself constantly looking for ways to improve the workplace environment in order to make sure that you are making your company one that your employees will want to keep working for. One thing you can offer to your employees is flex time — a benefit that will allow your employees to feel more in control of maintaining their own work-life balance.

Keep reading to learn more about offering flex time and how it can benefit both you and your employees.

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Defining flex time

The work hours that are traditionally offered to employees is the standard nine-to-five schedule, Monday-through-Friday. However, this standard doesn’t fit everyone’s personal schedule. Whether there are commute hours to take into consideration, personal appointments, childcare concerns, there are going to be factors in every employee’s life that make the traditional work schedule far from ideal. That’s where flextime comes in.

Flextime is a policy where employees have the opportunity to choose the hours of their workday so long as they cooperate with the set number of hours set by the employer, such as eight hours a day, 40 hours per week. While you can set a rough schedule where you would expect employees to set their hours, such as 6 AM to 6 PM, employees are free to choose the hours that work best for them.

Flextime also isn’t limited to having the opportunity to choose hours worked each day:

- Flexible workweek: Employees can have the chance to work an alternating four-day week and a five-day week. Or, they can opt to work a certain number of days straight in order to have a longer amount of consecutive days off. Another option is working longer workdays (10-hour workdays) in order to have a longer three-day weekend.

- Comp time: Instead of getting paid overtime during busier seasons, employees can get “comp time” for those extra hours worked. They can use comp time to leave earlier on select days or take an extra day off.

- Remote work: If your employees don’t need to be in the office, offer the option of remote work. It doesn’t have to be every day, but offering your employees the chance to work one or two days from home can help give them a break from a tiresome commute.

Employee benefits from flex time

The most obvious benefit of offering flex-time to employees is giving them have more control in shaping their work-life balance. With flex time as an option, they are no longer forced to shape their life around work but have the chance to choose work hours that best fit into their personal life commitments.

With a better work-life balance, comes better health for employees — both mental and physical. When employees have more control over their work hours, they are able to shift their work schedules when something comes up in their personal life, eliminating the stress that would typically come when they would have to choose between work and personal commitments.

An employee’s childcare falling through last-minute? They can easily shift their work hours to begin earlier and end earlier so they can be back home to watch their kids until they find new childcare. Have employees who struggle through rough commutes? They can shift their work hours so that their commute won’t take place during the usual rush hour.

If an employee’s main source of dissatisfaction with their job is their long commute, allowing them the option to avoid rush hour can encourage them to stay with the company rather than looking for a new job closer to their home.

Employer benefits from flex time

A satisfied employee is one who is committed to their job and ensuring that their work is done. As an employer, you want a workplace full of satisfied employees. Offering your employees flex time can help you achieve that.

Offering flex time to your employees will give them the chance to focus on their personal life, and leave more room for them to be satisfied with their life and in turn, their careers. Not only can offering flextime encourage your current employees to stay, but it can also help your chances of recruiting new talent. Now more than ever, employees want a job that offers them the flexibility needed to navigate their life. A job they can fit into their life, rather than shape their life around, is going to be the one they are more attracted to.

In a recent survey, Gartner found that 43% of respondents stated that flexibility in work hours helps them reach greater levels of productivity. Additionally, 30% of respondents stated that a shorter commute (or an eliminated commute) allowed them to be more productive.

Introducing flex time to your workplace is a win-win situation. Your employees can balance their personal lives around work, boosting productivity and satisfaction in their careers.

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