Introducing flexi-hours to your company
Our recent Employment Engagement survey was sent out to gauge
happiness levels and satisfaction within the Impact team and the
results were hugely positive. However, when asked "what would
make your life more enjoyable" the overwhelming response was the
ability to take more control of their own time; leading to greater
happiness and increased productivity.
The conclusion was to introduce Flexi-Time.
Standard work schedules are too restrictive for some, so offering
flexible hours can be a very handy solution and in this case, us
'Impactees' absolutely love it! This is usually introduced because
some hate rush hour, others are early birds, and others are night
owls that need to be lifted from the bed but don't mind staying
later. Flexi-hours give people some freedom to choose their work
hours and improves their work-life balance. It works pretty simply.
So an Impact typical day is from 9am to 6pm, flexi-time early birds
might swoop in at 8 am in the morning, flying off at 5 pm. Night
owls could watch Jeremy Kyle in the morning and show up 10 am then
finish up at 7 pm.
The huge benefit for companies is the employer advantages by
attracting and retaining solid talent. The only
'flexi-frustrations' are that some small businesses might need all
hands on deck all day. Forgetting the one negative, the main
• Increased employee engagement and commitment
to the organisation.
• Increased feeling of personal control over
schedule and work environment.
• Allows people to work when they accomplish
most, feel freshest, and enjoy working. (E.g. morning person vs.
Any employee could benefit from flexi-time in practice, some
people value it highly. Staff who can't avoid personal duties
during work hours are prime contenders. Parents could depart before
home time to pick up and tend to their children. Eldercare duties
might require similar arrangements.
Like any sizeable change in procedure, there will always be those
that take time to adjust. So it doesn't hurt to begin with a trial.
This means to agree to specific work schedules, set clear
performance expectations and test things for a month or two.
Overall it has been a real success for everyone here at Impact, so
if you are an employer or employee reading this, then we highly
recommend becoming flexi.