Giving employees flexible work hours will hike the level of productivity, thus making the employee happy as well as the employer
With Sweden recently introducing a six-hour work day, it is expected to bring about some beneficial results. Considering that, it would be great if UAE private and public sectors adopted flexible working hours, especially for those employed in sectors where customer interaction is not a requirement. Instead of asking workers to do their tasks in a rigid nine to five-hour slot, an experiment should be done in which you give people flexible hours, but to complete a minimum of eight hours a day. By doing so, employees can schedule their days accordingly and still deliver results and meet the required deadlines. Such working schedules would also reduce traffic congestions on UAE roads.
The level of productivity is likely to go up when employees are able to work under less strenuous conditions. The focus should be on delivering results and meeting deadlines than the hours that he or she has completed per day. Such systems are very old and outdated, and that, too, in an age of technological advance in which people are able to execute most tasks using a laptop at home. The cost of space many offices occupy don’t justify when the utility bill and rents are compared with the benefits of allowing employees to work from home. Today, human resource performance measurement systems are so centralised and comprehensive that it is easy for the management of any corporation to track the performance records of their employees.
In fact, many outsourcing initiatives by multinational corporate companies where they designate jobs to people who are located in other countries for cost reduction and efficiency is a great example of how direct monitoring of employees have become a thing of the past. New age technology has made it possible for professionals with knowledge-based skills to work in isolation without having to work together under one roof.
A recent report revealed that medical doctors assisting with diagnosis and surgical procedures in less developed areas are using cyber-technology and video streaming while sitting remotely in another location, and is another example of how technology can be used to improve the quality of life.
By V.I. Mohammad Sageer, Business Development Coordinator based in Dubai