The whole notion of the 9:00am -5:00pm era is slowly being usurped by something bigger, employees desire to choose their schedules and flextime has resurfaced in many online conversations. Today’s workforce wants to have more time off to spend with newborns or care for an aging parent and in some cases telecommute. This phenomenon is popular among millennials many of whom saw their parents, work endless hours while missing out on their dance recitals and hockey practice. What is even more surprising is that some in the baby boom generation is embracing this trend.
So, what’s the cause of all this? A new research by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Families and Work Institute (FWI) found some contradictory reasons behind this new trend. Some of it has to do with the changing of the times and some of it may have to do with the fact, some in today’s, workforce do not define themselves by their salaries and titles. Many employers have also recognized the benefits of having a well-rested employee and to that end have created such things like reduced hours on a Fridays in the summer.
A recent report by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College reads in part; “Employees report that they are more productive and more engaged in their work when there are able to balance the demands of work with other aspects of their lives. Improvements in physical and mental health are also associated with workplace flexibility. Below is evidence linking flexible work options to employee and family well-being.”
So, will this trend towards flexible working hours have staying power? So, far, it appears so.