Flextime, also known as flexitime, can be enjoyed by workers throughout the world who are employed in a flexible working environment. According to the University of Adelaide, flextime is a practice that allows mutual benefit for staff and organizations to work at the discretion of workloads, when they are higher or lower, as long as the worker works his or her minimum hours per week.
Many workers each year have fixed start and finish times such as 8.30-5.00pm or 9.00-5.00pm. Over the past twenty years or so, flexible working hours were introduced and became more and more popular by employers and employees. Many government departments and universities have flexitime for their employees as well as a shorter working week than most private companies
Work Life Balance
Flexible working hours can be of benefit to an employer or employee. More and more employers expect their employees to work flexible hours based on the amount of work available at certain times of the day, month or year. Most employees are still expected to work a 40 hour a week, however, depending on the agreement with their employer this can vary.
Flextime is often seen as a chance by employees to have a good work-life balance because they are able to work around their families and earn money at the same time, thus giving them the freedom to do what they want with families and life.
Flextime Planning Programmes
Companies offering flex time to their employees may have in-house time sheets, however, another option is using an online programme such as flex planner. These programmes are usually paid on a monthly basis by the employer. Flex planner is a web based timesheet especially designed for people who work at their computers all day and can fill in their timesheet online. This type of web-based timesheet is also useful to an employer with fixed times such as lunch and minimum start and finish times, so that staff can’t change or falsify time records.
Other websites such as flexitime offer payroll systems. This New Zealand website not only includes timesheets, it also offers rostering, job tracking, time billing and reporting for all types of work schedules.
It is also possible that after all expected hours have been reached by an employee, flexi-leave may be taken at the discretion of the employer as agreed in the employee’s agreement.
Overall, flextime can be useful for anyone wanting a work-life balance with a flexible employer. However, not all employers are able to offer flexibility because of their operating hours or other constraints.