Magazine article Management Today

Building to Last: Introducing Flexitime

Magazine article Management Today

Building to Last: Introducing Flexitime

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DILEMMA: Valued staff want to work flexible hours but I prefer to have a full office. I am also worried that flexitime will adversely affect the close team spirit in my company.

ISSUES: Is this a case of a control freak sweatshop owner seeking justification, or a genuinely concerned progressive team-builder? Before embarking on flexitime, consider your management style as a leader and whether it is appropriate for this stage of development. There may well be some 'letting go' to do. Be honest too about the team's current spirit. What is it dependent upon?

The major arguments for flexitime are that you can employ people you couldn't employ otherwise, or increase staff motivation through choice and reducing domestic pressure. I haven't found any proof that flexitime achieves this. Most of us are more concerned with people meeting their objectives than with how many hours they work. Many people work in a virtual environment these days and find other ways to feel a part of a 'community'. The size, nature and work ethic of the business clearly affects the practicality of adopting flexible working.

With conventional flexitime you have to know how many hours you work. …

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