In this ever changing working world, being present in a physical work location seems to matter less and less. Last year’s statistics showed that a powerful global trend of switching from the traditional working hours to flexible working opportunities with Generation Y employees openly asking for flexi time rather than for higher pay. Earlier this year, an article on Blogging4Jobs emphasized the fact that even company managers perfered this shift in work hours. Companies created more and more remote teams, offered more flexible work hours, and choose technology to virtually lead their companies. Additionally, technology was used to keep in touch with everybody and measure results. The focus of employers has shifted from higher pay and promotions towards keeping employees happy, engaged, and support so that they may deliver the best results.
This is why recent data show that almost 15 millions of Americans have chosen flexible working hours over traditional working schedules. When they deliver the results is crucial but where they deliver them from doesn’t matter anymore. So if you are being seduced by the perspective of working from home as part of a new remote team, but you’re still bound to your traditional ways of going to the office no matter what, here are five reasons why you should opt for flexible working hours.
1. Flexible Work Hours Offer a Better Balance Between Professional and Personal Life
This is the big drama everybody complains about: in truth, work hours aren’t limited from 9 to 5. People have complained about work cutting in to their personal lives for years as they are almost suffocated by their jobs. Many people who chose flexible work hours do so they may gain more time for themselves and for their families.
2. Flexible Work Hours Relieve Workplace Stress
It’s good to go to work every day. Sometimes it can be also be fun. But, choosing flexible working hours means not having to endure annoying coworkers face to face anymore. You won’t have your boss coming up from behind you three times a day. The shenanigans of daily morning/evening nerve breaking traffic, interminable face-to-face meetings and those dead moments in a day when there is little or no work to be done aren’t there either. Working in remote teams that stay connected through technology means efficiency and time management are of essence. While you can be a rock-star programmer working from home, nobody will have a clue that you deliver incredible results wearing only pajamas.
3. Flexible Work Hours Will Give You Your Own Rhythm
Some people hate the drudgery of having to wake up and work in the morning. Others fail at almost everything they do when having to work after the lunch hours. This kind of flexibility will allow you to find your own working rhythm. If you are a morning person, finishing your daily tasks at lunch allows you to go to the gym, take the kids from school or even cook dinner for the whole family. If you’re more productive at night, you won’t have a manager scolding you for being late again in the morning.
4. Flexible Work Hours Allow You To Engage in Your Favorite Activities Once More
Flexible work hours basically buy you time for everything you want to do. Be it arts and crafts hobbies, sports, writing, watching movies or playing with the dog in the back yard; as long as you deliver your results in due time with due proficiency, nobody will question your choice of going to those dancing lessons three times a week starting at four o’clock in the afternoon. And because you set your own time limits, you can also go to those medical check-ups you have postponed for far too long.
5. You may get an extra freelance job
You can do everything you want on the side, provided you’re committed to your company and you give 110% to your job. But in those extra free hours you can start getting involved in personal side projects which can monetize at some point. Or, you could even learn new things.
There are even more good reasons for choosing flexible working hours. Before that, be sure you are aware of all the drawbacks this choice entails. Test yourself to see if you’re up to it.