How to Work a Flextime Schedule

Traditional work hours are a staple of American culture -- weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. But, within the past 20 years, tradition has been losing ground as more employers and employees are embracing flexible schedules, better known as flextime. Flexible hours include anything out of the norm, whether it's different hours, days or locations. For example, job sharing is a type of flextime work week schedule. Employees love flextime because it helps them create better balance in their lives, and many employers have learned that flextime often boosts morale and job performance. For many people, learning how to work a flextime schedule beats traditional work week schedules.

Steps

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    Evaluate what demands you have on your time at work and away from work and make a list. For example, if there's a 9 a.m. staff meeting every Tuesday, you need to build that into your schedule.
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    Build a strategy for meeting the needs of job responsibilities and recharging time for you during a work week schedule.
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    Make certain that everyone you interact with at the office knows your new flextime schedule.
    • Encourage communication during work hours.
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    • Decide what concessions you need, or want, to make for communicating with work during your time.
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    Change your work focus onto the outcome or output, rather than the hours.
    • Make certain you and your boss have agreed on specific, measurable outcomes from working flexible hours.
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    • However, keep track of your hours. Some people with flextime schedules, particularly telecommuting, find that they're working more, not less, in an effort to make a good impression.
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    Do what you have told your company you will do. Often this needs to be at least what you accomplished in a traditional work week schedule.
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    Make certain you're visible and available during traditional office work hours.
    • Your employer and coworkers need to know that, regardless of your flexible hours, that you're still a very important part of the company.
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    • In times of layoffs, some employers let go of the people they see the least.
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    Use down time -- like waiting to pick up children or waiting for a doctor or dentist appointment -- to check office emails from your cell phone.
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    Laugh off coworkers who make cracks about how it must be nice to work from home or not have to come in.
    • Chances are the coworker making the comment is jealous. Regardless, it doesn't help your case to verbally attack the person.
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    Schedule regular review meetings to address and resolve any problems.
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    Set up a transition time if you are part of a job-sharing team.
    • The transition time helps in communicating any problems that need to be focused on in addition to presenting a united front to other employees and supervisors.
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    Make certain the boss or supervisor is aware of how your flex schedule benefits the company.

Tips

  • With so many jobs tied to technology, it's easier to work flexible hours than ever before.

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Categories: Work Schedules