03/09/2021

Why is there so much talk about flexible hours?

In recent years, companies have begun to worry about finding ways to attract and retain talent. One of the most valued is one that seeks a better family conciliation of workers, allowing them to combine their day-to-day with their employment relationship. For this reason, it is increasingly common for us to hear about flexible hours in working hours.

There are different formulas to approach the flexible working day, namely:

1.- There are companies that have a flexible working day itself, that is, the worker can freely choose his schedule as long as the count of hours carried out daily respects the hours stipulated in his contract. This is the option that confers more freedom to the worker and is rare, occurring mainly in those cases in which work is done “by projects”.

2.- Sometimes, at the beginning of the contractual relationship, the company, which has different hours on different working days, offers the worker to choose between them. But once the worker has chosen, the schedule is fixed, so it cannot be considered, in our understanding, a de facto flexible day.

3.- In most cases, when the company refers to having a flexible schedule, it really has a range of incorporation to the working day that fluctuates between half an hour and two hours. This option, highly valued by the workers, gives the company the possibility of implementing an internal corporate Social Responsibility measure and having all the employees “connected” during the same hours in a wide spectrum of time so as not to alter the good performance of work activity.

The advantage? It does not harm the company and the worker will think more about it when considering accepting a proposal for another job.

If you want to know more about the advantages of an internal corporate social responsibility, visit the video about CSR at Adventum on our home page