Would a flexible work schedule improve your work life balance? Would it increase employee engagement? The majority would say it definitely would yet don’t necessarily know how to go about and achieve it.
Below we provide a few suggestions which could help you increase work flexibility. It is understood that these aren’t just up to you to change but the first step is realizing what will make the improvement, and then look into ways to implement. In addition, on an optimistic note, you may be only four (or less) steps away from that dream work schedule which will in turn make your life so much greater.
If you believe you deserve and want the change, read on!
Flexible work schedule
We all wish we can create our own schedule, and those that do will mention they wish they were strong enough to stick to it. It isn’t easy to control your own work schedule, but flexibility can reduce stress levels immensely, allowing you to get a little extra slack to attend other matters in your life and still contribute in your organization.
- Working from home: it isn’t always as blissful as it sound, but the idea always lights a spark in employees’ eyes. If done right, it could change your entire work outlook and make it a wonderful step forward.
One thing to make sure is to restrict the amount of work you do from home, as to make certain that work and home are still separate.
- Easily adaptable schedule: we all have errands to run, children that need to be picked up after school or someone that falls ill. Basically, “life happens” to all of us, and simply knowing that attending to the unavoidable events won’t scrutinize us at work is a big deal.
Set yourself one day a week that is a certain day you leave early. This will help you focus during the “on” hours, as well as receive a day you have to do other things, spend more time with your family and begin your daily rest a little earlier.
- Move to a 4 day a week schedule. For some, being able to push for more hours during 4 days and have an additional day off could be just the right trigger to change their entire work and life viewpoint.
- Part time possibility: some positions do not require full-time attention, yet if someone is hired for it, they will do it in the full time allotted. Sometimes having two part-time individuals doing the full job will enhance productivity and creativity, as well as increase focus without causing burnout.
Have you tried any of these directions? Do you have other tips on increasing work schedule flexibility?