Having the flexibility to make your hours work around you could be the easiest way to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

What is Flexi-Time?

With so many personal and professional commitments ranging from meeting strict deadlines, or simply finding time to go to the gym, working a regular schedule can be challenging.

Flexi Time provides employees with a certain degree of flexibility around their start and finish times, whilst usually still working around set ‘core-hours’ during the day where employees are expected to be available and able to work. It can enable staff to continue to work alongside their other commitments, such as looking after children or caring for a loved one.

Flexi Time can be available for both full-time workers and part-time workers, on the basis their ‘core’ hours fall within their usual working pattern and is a highly effective way of improving working conditions and morale within the workplace. Flexi Time hours are usually recorded by the individual using timesheets and monitored by a line manager, with some employers allowing additional time off for extra hours worked.

What are its Benefits for Employees?

Working for an organisation with a Flexi Time policy can have many advantages:

  • Flexi Time allows you to maintain a healthy work-life balance by increased feelings of personal control over your hours, whilst meeting the commitments of your family or other personal obligations.
  • Some workers can use flexible working hours to avoid busy commutes to work, which for many can be the worst part of anyone’s day. By simply starting an hour earlier or later you can work around traffic and packed public transport, which can be vital to keeping stress levels down.
  • By having more control over your working hours, there may be a reduced need to rush tasks or juggle multiple responsibilities. Flexi Time can allow you to take a break when needed to prevent burnout.
  • By having the ability to also work additional hours where available, you can earn extra cash if the workplace is able to provide extended hours. It is important however to consider your mental health when working long hours and remember always to take breaks.

What are its Benefits for Employers?

If you feel like Flexi Time would be beneficial to you, you should use these examples in a proposal to your employer:

  • Flexi Time can allow your organisation to maintain its most skilled staff by providing them with the flexibility to work around their existing commitments, reducing staff turnover of valued staff and increasing the reliability of your workforce. Studies show 80% of employees say they would be more loyal to their employer if they offered flexible working hours.
  • Offering Flexi Time is an excellent way of attracting top tier talent to your organisation and can be promoted as a great benefit for applicants who may otherwise be more inclined to stay in their already flexible job roles and miss out on career progression.
  • Having a Flexi Time policy can boost your company’s productivity. A recent study has found that 89% of employees referred to flexible hours as a motivating factor to be more productive at work. Some employers are even able to use Flexi Time to schedule their employee’s core hours during the busiest hours of the day.
  • The ability to provide flexible hours has become more and more of an expectation in the workplace in recent years, with higher quality candidates ‘expecting’ employers to have a Flexi Time policy in place.

Time Off in Lieu

Flexi Time differs from Time off in Lieu (TOIL) which can usually only be accrued by additional hours outside of the employee’s contracted hours and approved in advance by a line manager. This would typically be in relation to a specific activity or piece of work. Workers can sometimes be provided with the choice of being paid the hours or taking as paid time off in addition to their annual leave allowance.

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