Vol. 1, Issue 10 (2016)
A theoretical framework on flexible work schedules
Author(s): Dr. Supriya Choudhary
Abstract: Flexibility in the workplace is about developing modern working practices to fit the needs of the 21st century. Flexible working schedules have recently gained a lot of attention from organizations as family-friendly policy. Nowadays, organizations are trying to incorporate a culture of trust by offering employees flexibility in the workplace. In addition, flexible working practices facilitate work-life balance, and with shifting family patterns such practices are beneficial for both women and men. Organizations globally are strategizing on how best to boost their productivity through enhanced performance by the employees. Motivation of employees by the recognition of the importance of balancing their work and family life has continued to gain ground. The main focus of this paper is to understand the conceptual framework and the importance of flexibility in working schedules and arrangements in organisations to both employers and employees. An attempt is also made to know how flexible working practices help organisations and employees to be more productive. Various types of flexible work schedules like Flex-time, compressed workweek, working from home, job sharing, and reduced work hours have been increasingly implemented by employers as responses to the conflicts between employees’ work and personal life.