Are You Flexible? Flextime Schedules are Growing in Popularity

If telecommuting is off the benefit table, what can job seekers ask for instead?

Source: Are You Flexible? Flextime Schedules are Growing in Popularity

While most people know that I’m a huge advocate for remote work, I also advocate flexible schedules. I’ve been fortunate enough that in most cases in my career, I’ve been able to benefit from this, even before I was married and had my son.  I’ve always been an 8-4 person rather than a 9-5 person. I always want to beat the traffic by a little bit, and have most of the evening to myself. I think these hours reflect most of my school hours as a kid, which just always stuck with me. Sure, there’s been some variations, but I don’t remember too many instances where I actually worked from 9-5 in my entire life.

Just like remote work, there are many positions that can benefit from this kind of flexible work schedule. It helps so many people find that work-life balance as they care for their families and themselves! In some instances, it’s also better in certain departments, as that way there’s longer continuity during the day. I remember when I started my career MANY years ago as a consumer relations representative. We had people come in for the 7-3 shift, an 8-4 shift, a 9-5 shift, and a 10-6 shift. This way, during the main hours, we were fully manned, yet we could be manned during most business hours for most American time zones.  Most customer services places have it stretched out even more, depending on the business.  Even the last job I had in an office was one where I was allowed to work from 8-4, and that way I could get home at a reasonable hour before the worst of the traffic hit, and be home for my family.

Read this article, and include your comments below as to what you think about this kind of work arrangement. Is this a compromise for those who want to work remotely, but can’t for whatever reason? I think in some instances (not all), it could be.

–TechCommGeekMom

About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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