By: Katie Miller
For decades, the workforce of America has had two standard options: full-time or part- time. However, today, in the new work place some employers are now offering flexible work schedules to accommodate a growing number of employees that do not want to work a traditional 9-5 schedule. According to the United States Department of Labor “A flexible work schedule allows employees to vary their arrival and/or departure times.” At Lindon Engineering Services, employees follow a more personalized work schedule, while the company still performs at peak efficiency.
A flexible work schedule is an alternative for those employees who want to be working part-time, in order to have a better work-life balance. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 million Americans actively choose part time work of which 6 million Americans do so to have time to follow their passions. Many of this part time group are young and college-educated. For most, working part-time is a result of simply not being able to commit to 9 to 5 jobs. Some may be college students who need time to complete school work. Others have family obligations to meet. For example, employees with children may want to be able to leave work in time to pick their children up from school due to child care expenses.
Flexible work schedules not only benefit the employee, but also the company in which they work. When people are being the best they can be, they will in turn help the company in which they work become the best it can be. Happiness makes people more productive at work, according to the latest research from the University of Warwick. By offering alternative work schedules, companies can retain key, dedicated employees whose personal needs conflict with traditional work hours and find talent that otherwise is closed off to traditional 9-5 office jobs. According to Forbes Magazine, other benefits are increased productivity and worker satisfaction, along with decreased absenteeism and turnover. A recent study by Georgetown University found that unplanned absences were costing some businesses nearly $1 million a year.
Although it is important to meet employee’s needs, it is equally important to meet organizational needs. The key part of any business is how well it serves its customers. Without customers, there would not be a business. It is critical that businesses that implement flexible work schedules do so in a manner that does not hinder the company’s ability to meet consumer’s needs. For most, there are core or peak hours of operation in which all personal are working.
I am a working mother of two and enjoy my nontraditional work schedule. I believe my happiness and satisfaction with my work schedule leads me to be a more dedicated, focused employee.