Often times employers are looking for a way to get an edge in hiring top talent. One way to do that is to offer flexible work options. Here are the different options that employees are looking for.
Full time – flexible hours
This is the most common option available and very popular with employees. Working the 40 hour week is what most people need in order to survive with the ever increasing cost of living. Allowing employees to work a schedule that will satisfy both their needs for both family and work is a great way to do this! The company can set core hours which mean that the employee must be present during that time frame, but can start earlier or work later. Whichever option works best for them.
If the position is not a critical job for the company, in some cases part-time employment can work well. Working less than 32 hours in a week appeals to many people who have obligations that restrict their availability for work. It could be a child or a parent who requires extra time. Whatever the reason, part-time employment can work. So if the position is not critical and you can shorten the day a little, this option may work for you.
Sharing a position between 2 different people can be very good for an employer. It allows you to break the position down to play to the employees strengths. Caution with this is that the communication between those two individuals has to be strong. They need to be able to ensure that the other person knows exactly what is going on. There are advantages and disadvantages to this option, so take your time in deciding if this is the right way to go.
This was very popular several years ago as a way to cut overhead costs. This also has some great positives, but managing employees in a telecommuting work environment can be very difficult. Some employers have this set up for every employee, others have it set up for extenuating circumstances. Telecommuting has lost its popularity in the past couple of years as companies try to get a handle on expenses and manpower. It is much easier to manage an employee who is in the same proximity.
This is a great option for when there is a need, but not on a permanent basis. This could be coverage for a sick leave, vacation, a new project. The options are great in having someone that you can rely on, but do not need to worry about the long term effects of hiring another person on your payroll. With so many options out there, it can be difficult to decide what to do. I would suggest that you review your job description, determine what the main responsibilities are and go from there. You may look at the job description and clearly see a way to make one position work for two different people