If giving your employees the flexibility to work like an “entrepreneur” meaning not working the normal 9 to 5 hours meant safeguarding yourself against bankruptsy would you do it?
I’ve been thumbing through several different job and jobs sites and I am amazed by how so many companies are so against working remotely, especially in the work I do. As a web designer and/or writer it’s not really necessary to sit in a cubicle all day. Anything you can do at work – you can do at home on you’re own comptuer and often you can do it a lot faster because you are shielded from the coffe breaks and conversations.
I found one ad on craiglist.org this week and the poster wanted the new employee to not only be there so he can watch but he also wanted them to use his computer to do the work. He wanted to be able to watch you work. I’m convinced he’s still looking for someone today.
This morning I stumbled across an article on forbes.com, which sparked this post, Clock-Watchers Beware, It’s an Entrepreneur’s World and it raised some interesting points.
If creating a flexible work schedule for employeems can ensure a company’s success in both revenue and employee retention why are so few companies jumping on the bandwagon? If employees are more productive breaking up their work day – why aren’t they giving it a try. Where does it say you are more productive when you have a boss monitoring your every move?
As an entrepreneur myself, tired of the strict 9 to 5 and ugly grey cubicles, I wonder if I would have been less likely to stray if my jobs allowed a more flexible schedule. After all, my goal is to be able to spend more quality time with the kids and husband and my work schedule just never allowed it.
What about you? As a business owner do you allow your employees flexible work schedules. As an entrepreneur would you have taken the leap if a job allowed you the same flexibility you get now?
I think a flexible work schedule can increase your happiness and will also allow you to get into a flow state. So in short flexibility + flow state = happiness.
What do you think?