Flexible Working – Advantages for employees

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  • Flexibility:  Rush hours can be avoided. No more queuing, pushing and shoving or sitting for hours in traffic jams. Staff can avoid the crush and undoubtedly feel less harassed when they get to work and arrive home. The amount of time getting to the office and home again can be reduced. A further advantage is that this sometimes can mean off-peak fares.
  • Personal matters can be sorted without having to take time off. The kids can be taken to school, the shopping can be done when the stores are less full or employees can get to a concert or football match on time. Experience shows that flexitime provides more scope for employees to attend evening courses.
  • Mothers with young children can hold down a full time job and leave work in time to pick up children. No queues to beat at the end of the day as staff rush out of the door to be first at the bus stop.
  • Elderly parents. Their well-being is regularly a cause of worry for their children. With flexible working, more suitable times are now available for employees to visit and care for those who have contributed so much
  • Environmentally friendly. Most employees like to feel that are contributing to improving the environment. There is a reduction of C02 emission when travelling at times where start-stop traffic can be avoided. This reduction can be further contributed to by those who work from home – even just occasionally.
  • Time off in lieu: Extra time is already often worked by employees on fixed wages and salaries, sometimes without overtime pay. When hours are being recorded, credit time above the target hours can be taken off as flexible leave.
  • Job completion. A job can be finished instead of being carried over to the next day. Extra hours worked on one day count towards the monthly target.
  • Personal rhythms vary. A lot has been written about the Circadian Rhythm and how each of us has a body clock. For example, some people work better first thing, others take a while to get going. By choosing the starting and finishing times people can work to suit their own metabolism.
  • Local communities benefit through a more even spread of facility usage such as roads, banks, post offices, shops and public transport.
  • Flexibility in bad weather conditions: Employees can arrive that bit later when traffic has died down and stop work early during those awkward periods. This is in the knowledge that they can build that time back again, quite soon after.