Flextime is a type of work schedule that allows employees to adjust the time they begin and end work while, at the same time, to offer employers an opportunity to reduce traffic congestion.
Some flextime programs require employees to work a specified number of hours a week, allowing them to vary their schedule according to their needs; others require the same daily schedule.
Most employers also set “core hours,” a time when all employees must be at work. Regardless of how the program works, flextime makes it much easier for employees to coordinate with rideshare partners, meet transit schedules, or bike or walk during daylight hours.
How can flextime benefit employers?
Flextime results in less absenteeism for personal needs because of greater flexibility in scheduling appointments, increased employee productivity because work schedules can be arranged to maximize their most productive hours and extended business hours for employers with clients in several time zones
What types of work places work best with flextime?
Flextime is most effective at sites where employees require little contact with each other and where staff reduction has little impact on work functions or client/customer contact.
How can an employer set up a flextime program?
The local Transportation Management Association (TMA) can help employers plan a flextime program. Here’s what the TMA can do:
- Determine if flextime is compatible with your employees’ job functions
- Resolve work rule and productivity issues with managers and unions
- Establish policies regarding eligibility, core hours, coverage requirements, overtime, etc.
- Review procedures with employees to ensure their understanding of any restrictions
- Set up methods of monitoring the program’s success
Is a pilot program recommended?
Those employers who are hesitant to institute flextime companywide, might consider setting up a pilot program with a small group of employees. If close monitoring shows improved employee satisfaction, productivity or use of alternative commute choices, the program can be opened to all employees.