What is flexible work team? How would the job descriptions of employees on flexible work teams differ from those in a mass production setting?
1. What is a flexible work team?
A flexible work team is teams where team members have flexible work arrangements. For example, some of the most common flexible hour's arrangements are:
?Flexible hours or flexi-time schemes. For example, an employee works from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rather than from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. When employees arrive at different times in the morning, this is called staggered hours.
?Compressed workweeks: for example, four 10-hour days, or a 9-day fortnight.
?Job sharing. This is a structured form of part-time work, with various models. A 50:50 split is common but not the only option. Some employers find it best that both workers have at least one day in common, so they can share information and brief each other on current tasks and issues (Workplaces that Work).
Clearly there needs to be guidelines about communication and keeping in touch, especially at different location e.g., work from home, but also when workers are job sharing or coming in at different times. The team needs to have regular input from all team players, discussed before. There are benefits of flexible work hours or flexi-time for both employees and employer when the guidelines and policies guide the process. For example, benefits for employees include:
?Avoid rush-hour commutes
?More control over time off
?Work-life balance advantages, for example: being able to take a child to school or to the dentist/doctor; starting work later or leaving early to allow time for sports training
?Ability to schedule work during quiet times to accomplish more (Workplaces that Work).
The benefits for the employer include the following:
?Scheduling work across longer portions of the day
?Recruiting and keeping valued staff who have other life commitments or interests
?Making more efficient use of facilities, desks, computers, etc.
?Continuity and staff coverage by one employee while another is away (Workplaces ...
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