It’s becoming a trend around the world to offer employees more time at home by reducing the hours spent at work. Several companies realized that it’s not necessarily the number of hours at work that matters, but the quality of the results. Some employees spend several hours at work, or even work over time, but they end up with poor outputs. Others become stressed out because they have to arrive at work on time, but they have a lot of things to think about. They come up with all sorts of excuses since they couldn’t keep up with the rules.
part is that even those who were unable to follow the rules related to
promptness at work still manage
to finish their work on time and have excellent results.
It means that as
a manager, you need to rethink how you deal with the work hours for your
employees. You might want to be more flexible. Offering a 4-day work week is a
When you provide
more time for employees to stay home and be with their family, they become less
stressed out. They also have more time to deal with chores. When it’s time for
them to get back to work, their entire attention is only for work related
tasks. They don’t have any other worries since they had enough time to deal with
problems over the 3-day break.
is that the employees could take
care of their mental health. It’s possible for them to go through a
lot, but because of work, they ignore all their problems and keep pushing
through. You don’t want to lose your precious employees because you make them
devote their entire time for work.
A few tips
If you want to
offer a 4-day
work week, you need to inform your employees about it. Most of them
would agree to it, but it comes with a responsibility. Tell them that you’re
giving more time to rest, but they should still finish their tasks on time. You
can start with a transition phase, and returning to your old schedule is
possible if the employees failed to remain productive with the new work
Since you lost
an entire day of work, you can add an extra hour at the end of each work day to
make up for that time. You can also offer a working lunch break for those who
don’t want to go out and eat.
For those who
don’t want a 4-day work week, you can offer the choice of working late in the
morning or to take off early in the afternoon if they wish to continue working
for five days. Some people don’t need that extra day off, but they need more
time to sleep or avoid traffic in the morning.
They also want to attend to the needs of their kids at school before going to
With these tips,
you can create a flexible and stress-free work environment for your employees
without sacrificing the quality of their outputs.
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