I had a fascinating conversation with a colleague the other week who remarked at how much more work she’s able to do in a week since she left her full time marketing job for a career as a freelance marketing consultant. Having always been self employed, it was more of a preaching to the choir conversation but it got me thinking again about the discussions I’ve had over the years with executives, managers, and staffers about flextime…
What I have to offer is a great deal of anecdotal and observational data but by and large flextime, in this case allowing employees to spend a portion of their week working outside the office, has yet to catch on inside the field.
Most middle managers and staffers I talk to roll their eyes and groan about how their supervisors won’t even consider the idea while managers and department heads aren’t comfortable with the idea of letting employees work away from the office. Generally, I’ve heard a wide swath of reasons over the years against flextime and there’s no denying the hard realities such as smaller offices have more trouble implementing flextime than their larger budget peers.
So, let’s indulge in a little soft poll research to see how common flextime is in the field.
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Do take a moment to weigh in with a comment on this topic, especially if you’re an executive. I’d love to hear about why you do or do not offer flextime in your office. Likewise, it would be terrific to have some firsthand accounts about how flextime had a positive or negative impact on productivity, efficiency, and/or employee satisfaction.
If you’re interested in flextime, there’s an intriguing article about the challenges and potential of flextime by Scott Westcott in the Aug, 2008 edition of Inc. Magazine that’s worth your while.