Most companies yet follow the age old working style of fixed hours or more commonly known as a typical 9-5 job. Wherein an employee has to reach the office at 9AM in the morning and leave by 5PM, no matter if he is required to be there at that time or not. Well, this system worked well in the earlier days when globalization was not so much integrated into your work. When your work was not dependent on what someone in some other part of the world is doing. When work load was much less, when there was much little traffic on roads and hence traveling wasn’t a great deal. Basically, the work, work environment, also the style of working was different earlier.
Today, on the other hand, the environment is very different. Most would agree to the unsaid fact that a typical 9-5 job is no more a 9-5 job. It usually extends to 6-7 and sometimes more than that too. And in-spite of the increase in work hours in the latter half of the day by a couple of hours, next day you are expected to report at the same time 9 AM. Now, since everyone working does that, you can’t shy away from following the same path, else it would affect your growth. Outsourcing is one of the best things that has happened to India as far as the country’s growth is concerned. And outsourcing would mean, communicating with someone in the other part of the world, considering their timings too, which is pretty obvious. Hence the need to adjust your timings accordingly, which is the reason why most tend to spend the extra few hours at work.
Lifestyle of a youth back in 70’s or 80’s is very different than the lifestyle of a youth today. Easy accessibility to various sorts of entertainment, accessibility to social networking via the web which in turn helps in maintaining relationships. Accessibility to various technology related things, a ‘want’ to learn many other things, pursue your other hobbies, be it learning to play guitar, singing, dancing, writing, sports, or for that matter exploring technology. There is so much going around that you find it difficult to find the time to do each one of those, in some cases even one of those. The increasing traffic and growth of a city makes traveling all the more time consuming and stressful for anyone. Especially since every working person more or less travels at the same time (peak hours), the rush hour makes traveling all the more stressful.
All these things together, make the quality of life of a human very tiring, which leads to stress, depression and various health issues too at an early age. When you reach back home only so late, not even spend quality time with your family just because you are super tired to do that, how can someone expect a person to come back to work next day early morning in a good mood to work. And if that’s not there, how can you expect full productivity from a person?
Writing about the issues can go on and on… point is, this system is not working, atleast not for those companies that rely a lot on outsourced work. The concept of Flexible Work Hours comes into the picture here. Flexible work hours, what it means? It is these two things.
- Let the employee decide at what time he wants to work. What time he wants to be present in office.
- Let the employee decide where he wants to work. There is a lot of work that can easily be done from home. Why would someone waste his time in traveling when he can do that same work from home too?
- This leads to a much more productive work from an employee, which leads to better output for a company.
- If the hours are flexible, an employee will not be wasting his time in the office and hence not using the resources provided by the company, leading to cost savings.
- The true potential of an employee can be judged much more easily.