Flextime: Redefining the cool.
Updated: Feb 28
In a workspace, employees are in an environment that for them can be vibrantly cool yet functional. But, are you including convenience for them?
In a workspace, employees are in an environment that for them can be vibrantly cool yet functional. But, are you including convenience for them? With convenience, we explain the flexibility of their working hours which further includes their commute time between home and work. Around a fifth of global workers describe ‘flexible working’ as the ability to make some decisions regarding their working hours, a quarter equates it with being able to manage workload, but more than half relate it to being able to choose the type of work location.
While taking a new job, the commute time is an integral part of an employee’s daily schedule. They might have a 7-8 hour workday but, if they live far away then tallied they would have to work 12 hours a day. Significantly, 85% of business people think that flexible working hours help new mothers remain in the workforce as well as workers that are past-pensioning age.
“In 2019, with half of the business people globally reporting that they work outside one of their main office locations half the week or more, it is safe to say that we are way beyond that. Flexible working is the new norm”- IWG Founder and CEO Mark Dixon. Strict working hours for employees showcases the insidious problem of traumatic health and increased stress caused by commuter traffic. Spending more than 20 hours awake has the same impact on bodily and mental function as consuming five or six alcoholic drinks.
Our research reveals, 61% of Indian employees want to include travel time in their working hours as two out of five of them express commuting as the ' worst ‘ part of their day. However, a third of workers make the best of their commute. 48% perform some work tasks while commuting to office whereas, 33% simply read a book.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 million Americans actively choose part-time work. They’re not working fewer hours because they can’t find a full-time position; rather, they’re engaging in a deliberate, careful work-life balance. For most, working part-time is a result of simply not being able to commit to 9-to-5 jobs.
Flexible working is clearly fully rooted in workplace mentality with the majority of workers viewing it as the ‘new normal’ and business leaders firmly acknowledging its key role in driving business success. If they don’t offer flexible working hours and conditions, they’re not only creating an unideal work environment for employees but also be shutting out qualified candidates who won’t settle working for a company with a stricter working hours policy.