– Let them work on their terms
Now Semco employees are free to customize their workdays, to come in earlier or later than traditional schedules. The hours they work are determined by their self-interest, not by company dictates. They’re the best judges of the amount of time and the proper place necessary to get their job done.. – Ricardo Semler
In a Nutshell
When companies form ideas and rules that will define them, many of them tend to stick to the traditional idea of setting rigid working hours. Having set timings does work, and it has worked for many years, but the simple act of giving employees some flexibility in hours can go a long way towards improving their engagement and sense of belonging.
Flexible hours, as a corporate concept, defies traditional compulsions to control how many hours employees work and to keep track of it all. It might seem easier to monitor set work hours, but there is no way managements can control the amount of work that employees do in those eight hours. It’s not so unusual to see employees in conventional companies quitting work five minutes before time or to see that they’re uninspired at work because they’re preoccupied with scheduling their personal work, like going to the bank or visiting the doctor’s office.
To prevent this from happening and from employees losing their work-life balance, flexible hours don’t just keep employees happy but the companies too. Letting people decide when they want to work, where they want to work from and how long they want to work is a great liberty. It’s demands a lot of trust on behalf of the company and it’s natural to feel anxious that people may take advantage of such freedom. But, several instances have proved that trust begets more trust and that people become responsible when given more freedom.
When employees are able to manage their personal and professional responsibilities on their own terms, they become much more engaged at work and feel a greater sense of ownership towards the company. Which is why flexible hours can be a win-win situation for both employees and companies.