Missouri Business

Is your company making the most of flexible scheduling?

By Kat Cunningham

The traditional 9-to-5 job is on life support. Today, more than 80 percent of companies offer flexible work options, according to a 2015 study. Nearly 60 percent of American workers called the 9-to-5 job “a thing of the past” in a 2016 survey.

The demise of the traditional workday comes as employers have embraced flexibility in setting work schedules.

These flex time arrangements come in all types. For starters, many companies allow workers some latitude in determining when their shifts start and stop. Other businesses go further and allow staff members to spend part of their time working from home. Some even allow workers to compress their workweek into three or four days.

Kat Cunningham, president of Moresource Inc.

It’s no secret why these arrangements have become so popular. They offer a low-cost (in many cases no-cost) way for companies to provide an employee benefit that staff members truly value. It’s a powerful tool that helps employees manage work-life balance without any sacrifice to the work side of the equation.

If your company doesn’t offer flex time yet, it’s passed time to take a look at this benefit.

More likely, your company already offers some flexility in scheduling and has been doing so for many years — my own company has been offering this benefit since we opened in 1994. If you haven’t lately, it’s worth taking a look at your own policies and practices and ensuring your company is making the most of this benefit. Here are some places to start:

Kat Cunningham is president of Moresource Inc. Contact Moresource at 573-443-1234.