Work from home: Flexible working hours
As a full-time employee of the organization, you have the option to choose to work at your office desk or in the comfort of your home.
Organizations commonly adopt such arrangements as they understand the ever changing needs of their employees, especially when it comes to schedules. You may have a medical appointment on a particular day and it’s more productive for you to work from home, if the commute from your home to the doctor’s is just a short distance away. Or you could have last-minute family commitments that require you to be around at home for the day.
Sure, such arrangements could offer less freedom than remote working, as it requires employees to be more committed to the organization, but you become more integrated as part of the company and can have a stronger stake in the work you do. This arrangement also allows you to balance interaction time with colleagues at the office and your time working away from the office.
With proper time management, you can even pursue personal development like Clara Poh, who needed to resume her studies while working as a Field Service Engineer. Owing to the flexibility of her work schedule, Clara didn’t have to miss lessons or limit herself to night classes.
As site visits could be scheduled based on her convenience of time and route, she was able to attend school and complete all her site visits without even sacrificing sleep. Flexible working policy empowers her to balance personal and work commitments, while maximizing productivity.
What’s in it for me, then?
Of course, there is no “one size fits all” model to every industry or organization. However, flexible work arrangements have proven to be useful to many organizations. It’s seen as the future of work, as it supports healthy and sustainable growth for both the organization and its people, thanks to the abundance of technology platforms today.
Consider flexible working policies as part of your next employment benefit – not only can it improve your work quality and work-life balance, you may find yourself more productive and motivated in your everyday life.
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