Preliminary Report on Implementation of Flexible Working Hours at the Corporate Office “The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.” – Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple Inc. A large part of the reports that the HR Department has submitted over the past few months contain numerous occurrences of dissatisfaction with the rigid working hours amongst employees within the corporate office. When further inquiries about the reasons for the dissatisfaction were made, a few important points were raised. First and foremost, a not insignificant portion of our workforce resides at a sizeable distance from office and so requires a long commute to work every morning. However, since the office timings generally coincide with the rush hours along their routes, they regularly end up being late, sometimes by up to an hour. Secondly, our female employees have raised the issue that they require some time in the mornings to fulfil their domestic responsibilities, failure in which leaves them considerably stressed and decreases their workplace efficiency. Another aspect that quite a few employees focussed on was their need for a proper work-life balance, the lack of which can be positively correlated with the higher than average levels of absenteeism within the office. Research into common industrial practice dealing with such issues led to the following revelations: •
In the United Kingdom, flexitime working is commonplace in both the private and public sectors. The practice is often found in administrative and back office functions of commercial organisations and local councils. •
In the United States, flextime workers, like salaried workers exempted from overtime regulations, are given broad leeway in setting their own work schedule. This practice is followed especially within the IT industry. •
Flextime in Australia is usually referred to accumulated...
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