Are Your Flexible?

April 2004
Management Services;Apr2004, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p24
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the use of information technology in dealing with the law on flexible working hours. Time and attendance recording systems have been able to cope with flexible working hours performed on the premises where the time recording terminals are located or to which they are networked. Home improvement retailer Glyn Webb introduced flexible working hours using core hours of 10am to 4pm but allowing staff to work from 8am to 6pm. The experience of personnel manager Cheryl Gardner is that the flexible laws on their own changed little but the company's introduction of a flexible working scheme showed that they were taking the lead, that employees with flexible working requests would be listened to sympathetically. Glyn Webb uses a Kronos system and that company is about to launch additional software called Workforce Central 5 with improved scheduling functionality. Along with the expected electronic time recording this allows organisations to schedule employees according to their individual preferences allied with the need to meet corporate/operational goals. Once each employee has been set up with his or her own unique work pattern, the system keeps a record of whether that employee has in fact worked those hours and can highlight and suggest adaptations from which the employee and the company may benefit.


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