Over the past few years, schedules and the process itself have changed in earnest, and we can understand that we will have to navigate new standards in the near future.
A large number of employees today are earning remotely. Many have had to switch to this mode in a hurry and in emergency mode, trying to adapt to the new rhythm of life.
Today, workers are much more likely to value their personal life and work balance more than how great their paychecks are. That's why workers want to be able to change work schedules much more often.
We are not talking specifically about rights for workers, but rather about the needs of new age workers. To keep up with it, you need to try to build a workplace that is as comfortable for employees as it is for earnings.
Don't forget that these things are not mutually exclusive. Convenience in the workplace and the necessary comfort can lead to the fact that employees begin to work with redoubled force, they do not want to lose a good job, they may want to show their leadership qualities, and then you only win. The typical eight-hour workday is a relic of the past. Don't forget that everyone has different favorite conditions for working comfortably. Someone needs a few hours in the evening, and he will make you a huge amount of work and creativity, and someone likes a measured leisurely work from the morning.
Is it worth being tied to a certain schedule, strictly following certain work traditions, or should you be more flexible to increase the comfort of your employees, and perhaps attract new ones?
If you do decide to make some changes, here are a few ways to help you optimize your work schedule.
1. Working hours and hours of operation
The main problem with changing your schedule flexibility is whether or not you will have access to your workforce exactly when you need it. Will your employees be available to handle the problem when you need them.
You need to understand that employee schedules need to overlap from time to time. Those who have worked in large international offices should understand how difficult it can be to cross paths for a business meeting if your schedules are completely different.
It doesn't matter where you work, in the office or remotely. If you want to increase the flexibility of your schedule without creating any problems, you need to designate a time when each of your employees will be available to communicate, meet or perform an urgent task.
These periods should not be too long. You don't need to allocate eight hours to them. Just two or three hours at the beginning of the day or in the evening is enough. This will give your team a little more time to successfully accomplish common tasks. They will have the opportunity to support each other, to communicate, while still having flexibility in their schedule. The person will be able to take necessary breaks during the day, for example if they need to pick up their child from school, and still be able to concentrate on work when it is most needed.
Of course, this will actually reduce an employee's time at work, but it will boost their motivation and potentially increase their job satisfaction.
2. Choice of Weekend
Is there one day in your week that seems to be the hardest for you? Perhaps you need to take your child somewhere, help your parents with something, or your partner's schedule is lined up so that you have to do everything around the house yourself.
I think you see where this question is going. A lot of people have it when they still have too many things to do after the work day, and it's trivial that they don't have time to do everything all at once. Give your employees choices and adjustments for their own time off. Maybe someone will definitely need a free Wednesday, but will be willing to work on Saturday instead.
You can introduce this on a one-time basis, but it will be much more helpful if you make the employee's new schedule permanent.
Introduce employees to new opportunities, and give them a chance to try it out. They need to get used to the new obligations and the freedom to change their schedule. After that, the employee will be able to see for themselves how the new schedule will fit into their lives. There will be a distinct advantage for you as well. If there is an emergency, you will have an employee ready to go and you won't have to wait until Monday to deal with it. In this way, you will expand the possibilities of offering your own services to clients.
3. Four-day workweeks
Recently, the movement for four-day workweeks has only gained momentum. Many companies are already experimenting with such a schedule and are even having some success. A great example, Microsoft Japan, who, despite reducing their work hours, got a 40% increase in productivity after they introduced a shorter workweek.
Of course, many employees would be happy with this, but don't forget about the many related issues and problems that will have to be solved after your decision. Note this:
- Will the third day off be fixed or will you give the employee a choice?
- Will every employee in the company work four days, or is this option only for some?
- Will employee benefits and wages be different on a four-day workweek than on a five-day workweek?
- Will it still be 40 hours of work, or will you want to reduce the hours?
A four-day workweek is an interesting option for a company, but remember that you need to think it through in great detail before you put it into action.
It's an interesting option to offer a four-day work week to employees who have been with your company for more than a year. This solution will allow you to tell your employees that you value them and their comfort, and will also provide additional motivation for younger workers.
Some people won't like the four-day workweek, especially if a reduction in hours is followed by a reduction in pay. However, don't forget that you need to find a balance between the employee's personal life and salary.
The option for employees will allow you to retain your most valuable people who are willing to adjust their work schedule.
Changing your usual schedule and established approach is often not easy, but don't forget that a successful business requires creative and flexible solutions. A convenient schedule can have an encouraging effect on your employees and with it, your bottom line. In the long run, you'll be at an advantage if you can figure it out.