In comparison with the European work week, the average American work week is known to be longer. The European work week ranges from 32 to 40 hours, depending on the country. In fact, a number of EU member states have imposed laws that enforce the maximum number of hours per week that may be worked, and for many, the cap is 48 hours. In America, a 45-50 hour week is the norm at many companies.
But, as singer/songwriter Bob Dylan aptly wrote, “The times they are a-changing”.
Flextime is becoming more prevalent in the American workplace. Perhaps it’s due to game-changing Millennials, who tend to believe that strict work schedules do not essentially promote productivity. Or, perhaps it’s related to fallout from the economic crisis, where at many companies, one employee was left shouldering the work of three. Americans are looking for more work/life balance than ever before. And, companies are listening and responding by providing more flexible schedules.
There are a number of reasons to consider incorporating Flextime into the workplace to better adapt to employees’ needs:
- Employees feel more empowered with a flexible work schedule.
- Employees are held accountable for getting their work done.
- Employees’ focus and job satisfaction increases when they perceive their work/life is balanced.
- Flexibility can fuel productivity.
- Flexibility can minimize attendance problems.
- Flexible schedules are more attractive to job seekers.
Some companies incorporate a flexible work environment to the fullest extent, allowing their employees to work a minimum number of hours per day at the office while telecommuting the rest of the time. Other companies opt to abbreviate the work schedule by making Fridays a half-day work day.
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