A flexible work schedule is what many employees want from their employers, but not all companies on Jobstreet are offering them yet.
Not only does a flexible work schedule drives employee loyalty and decreases employee retention, but it also increases the company’s reputation too. However, the lack of understanding may be why companies are still hesitant to implement this policy.
Flexible work schedules benefit both your company and all of your employees if done properly. If your company is planning to implement a flexible work strategy, you must know these dos and don’ts.
DO have patience
Don’t expect things to work immediately when implementing the new strategy. It may a while for you and your employees for you to ease into it, so it helps to take it slow.
You can start with one day a week and slowly work your way up. You can also start with a core set of hours. Adjust accordingly to your employees’ schedule but make sure they are still on time for meetings and key events.
DON’T discipline employees for being slightly late
The whole point of this policy is to be flexible. If you are going to punish your employees over little things, it’s going to make your employees feel sour and ruin your company culture.
DO be firm with your team
It may take a while for the policy to work, and your employees may not follow it entirely at the start, that is why you have to be firm and tough conversations with your team. Establish metrics that both you and your employees agree and hold them accountable if they don’t meet the metrics.
DON’T exclude departments without a good reason
The flexible work schedule policy may not be applicable for all departments, but that doesn’t mean you should exclude them totally from flexibility. Consider giving them fun incentives such as free concert tickets and longer lunch hours to lessen the sting.
A flexible work schedule is an excellent way to increase employee engagement and reduce employee retention. Most importantly, it promotes work-life balance among your employees and gives them chances to be in touch with their personal life.
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