Is it time for flexi-time?

Flexitime is a type of flexible working arrangement where an organisation gives its employees the opportunity to vary their work start and/or finish times around a core hours period (for example, 10am to 4pm). Staff are usually allowed to accrue deficit and excess hours up to a defined limit.

Pros of flexitime

  • Allows employees to fit other commitments and activities around their work and this can lead to increased morale and job satisfaction, greater staff retention and decreased absenteeism
  • Can result in reduced costs for employees, especially cheaper travel and lower childcare costs, which may positively impact retention rates
  • Visits to doctors and dentists are in employees’ own time
  • Allows employees to avoid travelling during rush hours which can be a significant benefit to those who have a difficult commute
  • Can encourage teamworking as staff need to work together to ensure staff levels are maintained
  • Employees who prefer a quieter working environment can choose to work periods when fewer people are present

Cons of flexitime

  • There is potential for employees to abuse the system if it is not monitored properly
  • Can mean extra administration and additional workload for HR department

Some things to remember

Flexitime tends to be more common in administration and back office positions as it is much harder to offer flexitime to staff in roles where customers expect them to be working certain hours.