The Dos and Don’ts of a Flexible Work Schedule

Good employers understand that hiring great talent is merely the tip of the iceberg. Retention is where the pudding shows its proof. Hiring and having a great team is awesome. Losing one due to a lack of the right incentive is a business crusher. Interestingly, the most desirable incentive is probably not money. As early as 2014, study data was showing that millenials were seeking more flexible hours, believing they would be a productivity booster. Today, however, those same workers are reporting a lack of those hoped for schedule changes and a desire to move on. Flexible work hours, which allow workers to vary their arrival and departure times and make up lost hours in a manner that fits their lifestyle is becoming not just desirable, but expected by up and coming workers. Clearly, it behooves employers to get with the program. Most workers, blessed with flexible schedules feel that it is more natural and less stressful way to work, which also gives them more quality time with their loved ones. Employers that want to dip their toes in the idea can consider having one day a week, that workers can get their hours in their way and see how it goes. If it seems feasible, they can establish some parameters and move forward to greater retention and happier employees.

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