While employees may love the benefits of flexible work schedules, it’s employers who are reaping the real benefits.
Based on a CareerBuilder.com survey, 61% of workers say taking advantage of flexible scheduling has made them more productive.
One of the most common alternate work schedules is flextime, where employees vary the starting and ending time of their workdays. This covers everything from offering staggered hours (7-3, 8-4, etc.) to complete freedom for workers to come and go as they please.
An extreme example: Best Buy’s Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). What is it? Employees work when and where they want with all meetings optional. And it’s not just a crazy idea. Departments at Best Buy using ROWE have seen up to a 35% increase in productivity and up to a 90% drop in turnover, according to HR Magazine.
Regardless what type of flexible schedule a company offers, most keep core hours — hours when everybody must be in the office. Core hours are especially important if you’re working with outside vendors, internal departments or if your staff needs to work together on a regular basis.