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Rethinking work schedules

  • 1.  Rethinking work schedules

    Posted 07-10-2020 07:46

    As people go back to work many organizations are rethinking who needs to be where when. Can we be safer? Can we be more flexible? Can we offer better work/life balance?

    I read an article in Harvard Business Review (https://hbr.org/2020/07/rethinking-work-schedules-consider-these-4-questions?ab=hero-subleft-3) on work scheduling as people go back to work. The article poses 4 questions you should ask:

     

    1. How does my organization's scheduling practices affect employee effectiveness and well-being? 
    2. Can we better align our work schedules with the needs, desires, and personalities of our employees?
    3. What are the implications of creating customized schedules or giving employees more control over their schedules?
    4. Can we effectively balance the needs and desires of both the organization and employees?

     

    I might add for Product Management and Development organizations: Does it impact the innovation of the organization?

    What do you think? Does it make sense to realign work schedules as people go back to work? If so, what needs considered?



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    Rose Klimovich
    Manhattan College
    Riverdale NY
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  • 2.  RE: Rethinking work schedules

    Posted 07-13-2020 17:45
    Hi Rose,

    I know people who never want to go back to the "old normal" - they don't miss 90 minute each way commutes. However, I am also aware of others who find home working very difficult and can't wait to go back. The problem with not scheduling work activities collectively is that if it is completely left up to the individual, then going to the office will just be working remotely from the office. To get the benefits of in-person collaboration, the right people need to be together at the same time. I think we are going to see lots more hybrid models with some specific times scheduled in the office for socially-distanced collaboration activity, coupled with the option for remote working from either home or an office space. This will be important for product management and development where ideas driven from cross-functional teams working in close collaboration is so important. And I think it doing so we can go a long way to balance the needs and desires of both the organization and employees.

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    Brian Martin
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