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Will Flexible Work Schedules Work for Your Company? Tips and Resources to Help You Decide

written by: Remy Boyd•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 10/19/2011

Is your organization considering alternative work schedules as an employee benefit? There are many reasons to implement flexible work schedules. Here's a guide to help your organization’s human resource department understand why this is a good option to consider and how to make it happen.

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    Why Change Work Schedules?

    Alternative work schedules are increasingly being explored by companies who want to assist employees in obtaining a work life balance. At the onset, alternative schedules seem like a quick and easy benefit to implement, but there are challenges to creating a flexible work environment. If you are looking to learn more about flexible schedules, save time by reviewing these articles on Bright Hub and skip the long research and lengthy decision-making process.

    Here, you will find information on trends in alternative schedules, the types of schedules organizations use and even how to propose a plan to the human resource department at your company; along with sample forms. This information will keep you well-informed about your company’s options and how these work schedules can benefit employers and employees in the long run.

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    Must-Have Tips and Resources

    A Primer on Different Types of Work Schedules

    Are you trying to sort out what type of flexible schedules to implement at your company? Asking the right questions on why this is such an important consideration is what you will find in this article. Explore the question of who benefits from the decision and the main reasons why companies are making this change. Pink Clock 

    Sample Policy on Flexible Work Arrangements

    When it comes to productivity on the job, time management is one of the main components. Creating a policy on flexible schedules is a good start from a productivity point of view, as explained in this post. With this article you will get a clearer idea on why to implement a policy and how the company will benefit overall.

    Jobs with Flexible Schedules

    If you are in the midst of a job search and wondering what types of jobs offer flexible schedules, look no further. Here are ten career options that you may want to consider that will give you the work life balance you’ve been looking for. Some of them may even surprise you!

    How to Propose a Flexible Work Schedule

    Savvy employees are taking the opportunity to propose new options for a work life balance into their organizations. As more and more workers are taking less vacations and working longer hours, they are writing proposals to implement a flexible schedule on the job. If you are considering the same idea, this article is your guide.

    Work Life Balance Trends

    Employees are looking for ways to get the most out of their work day and still have a personal life at the same time. “Work life balance” has become a popular term in organizations around the world as workers seek to maintain a full personal life. Explore these trends here and consider what changes can be made in your organization.

    Is Less Absenteeism a Benefit of Alternative Work Schedules?

    A little research never hurts when making an important decision, especially when it may affect an entire company. Exploring the rate of absenteeism in organizations with traditional hours compared to those with flexible work schedules was the question pondered in this engaging article.

    Statistics and Trends of Alternative Work Schedules

    Telecommuting statistics and the impact of global job changes are thoroughly outlined in this article on flexible work schedule statistics and trends. Hiring trends, green jobs and the future of the office environment are included to give you a good idea on how the traditional workplace has changed and will continue to change in the current economy.Traffic 

    Work Schedule Comparison: Flexible vs. Traditional

    The normal nine to five work day is slowly but surely being phased out of the workplace and it is anyone’s guess what type of hours workers will clock in five or ten years from now. For now, however, figuring out which schedule is better for your organization is key and a comprehensive comparison is outlined in this article.

    Non-Monetary Methods to Increase Employee Satisfaction

    Improving employee satisfaction is a major component to company retention. There are several non-monetary methods to consider, one being alternative work schedules. Here is a guide that includes this option and will get you thinking about starting some great improvements at your company today.

    Flexible Schedules, Telecommuting and Consulting: The Difference

    Are you trying to figure out whether or not to implement flexible schedules at your organization? Or, are you just curious as to what the difference is between being a telecommuter, consultant or working different hours each day of the week? Here is an article that will help you gain a better understanding.

    Flexible Work Schedules and the Law

    Employment and work life balance initiatives are a major consideration for people with families and familial responsibilities. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created with this in mind, making flexible schedules a secured option for new mothers, single parents, those caring for elderly parents and a myriad of other factors that impact life. Learn more about the FMLA and how this provision can be reviewed at your organization.

    Flexible Work Schedules in the United States

    The United States has a traditional model for employment and scheduled work hours, however, that model is changing to create flexibility between personal and professional responsibilities. Get an introduction into facts about flexible work schedules based on demographics in the U.S. plus the benefits of implementing this option at your organization.Schedule 

    If you believe in the concept of flexible schedules to create a work life balance at your organization, use these articles as a roadmap for either implementing or creating a dialogue between you and your human resource department. As more organizations find the value in alternative schedules, they may become the norm rather than the exception in the future.

    Have questions on flexible work schedules we haven't answered here? If so, use the comments section below and let us know what answers you seek and we'll do our best to find them for you!