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Eight working hours in a day or flexible working hours ?

fix-hoursIn today modern life you have everything open from Facebook, Twitter and news sites on your PC except the work for which you actually to get.  If you analyze you will find most of the people did not finish a single task since 1 PM.

If we go in past and tried to find out how the 9 to 5 came to be in the first place, there was a man named Robert Owens, who started a campaign during the Industrial Revolution. That time there was a 14-hours to maximize the output of the factories production but Robert Owens a advocated the concept that people should not be working for more than 8-hours per day. Very soon it became the standard when Ford implement the 8-hour day with Ford Motors Company in 1914. So now time become a Metric to measure the productivity and people try to spend more hours at work during the day because they feel like that they accomplished something by the end. But now time changed in today’s world it is not important how long you work per day. Now it is important what you with the time you have.

As per Jessica piha who is directors of communications at home improvement startup porch do work whenever she wants and leaves whenever she wants directors of communications at home and lets its staff  work flexibly also. It should be for all of us who are not working on shift based, we should have flexibility when to get our work done. Many studies have proved that working for eight hours straight does not produce results as compare of taking breaks during work and these results can be vary from person to person. The 9 to5 schedule does not conform to most people live or their work flows

As per research working fewer hours in a given day or week can improve productivity and health and improve employee retention rates. This year a study in a Sweden found that nurses who traded eight hours shifts for six hour ones took less sick days. Another study found that people who worked 55 hours a week performed worse on emotional, mental and intellectual tests than those who worked 40 hours.

By contrast , Treehouse and online learn –to code startup with four day work days and nine hours work daily  , credit its 120% yearly revenues growth to its perpetual three days weekends.

But such alternatives to the traditional 9-to5 still measure worker’s efficiency in hours, allowing for little flexibility. Often the four days week means working 10 hours day or longer, in exchange for a free Friday . That still adds up to 40 hours work weeks, even if it makes for a longer weekend. And according to research by Allard Dembe a public health professor at Ohio state university working long hours bring risks of health issues such as heart problem, cancer, arthritis and diabetes.

However, flexibility seems to scare some employers Employee too, might worry that with no set schedule they might effectively be expected to work all the time.

But research published this year outlined a possible method to make flexibility work hours for both employees and employers. In that study, approximately 500 workers at a fortune 500 firms were given no set schedule. Some got in later, other left the middle of the day. They did not work fewer hours, just different ones that better fit their lives. For months, facilitators let meetings with employees about how to get work done with varying schedules.

The employees said the flexibility improved their overall well-being and the quality of work did not suffer either. If that sounds extreme employers might give workers a little wiggle room at the end of their days.flexible

Benefits of Flexible Work Schedules for Employees

  • Flexibility to meet family requirements, individual obligations, and life responsibilities easily.
  • Reduced employee travelling time and fuel expenditure
  • Increased feeling of personal control over schedule and job atmosphere.
  • Reduces employee be exhausted due to overwork.
  • Allows people to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working.
  • It may reduce external childcare hours and costs.

Benefits of Flexible Work Schedules for Employers

  • Increased employee self-confidence, commitment, and loyalty to the organization.
  • Reduced non-attendance and sluggishness.
  • Increased skill to employ excellent employees.
  • Reduced turnover of valued staff.
  • Allows employees to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working.
  • More working hours of operation for departments such as customer service.
  • Develops picture as an employer of preference with family friendly flexible work schedules.

Disadvantages of Flexible Working timing for Employees

  • Employees that flourish in an office surroundings may find it tough to work when his colleagues don’t hold the same working timing.
  • Working from home can often make think your neighbors and friends that you aren’t actually working, thus can create problems with relationships.
  • There is no clear demarcation between work and home, it means when we use “flexible” timing sometimes it means “work all the time.”

Disadvantages of Flexible Working timing for Employers

  • In Some department like team oriented departments require to meet the teams.
  • Some people may take advantages by doing some other work with their email screen open.
  • Sometimes Office-oriented people view their work-at-home colleagues as slackers because they can’t actually see their output.

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