The current pandemic has made many organizations rethink and reschedule their routines. Gone are the days of the typical 9-to-5 work scenario. Due to restrictions imposed during the pandemic about social distancing, no crowd gathering, and so on, the workplaces have become bare, and the employees have been asked to work remotely from home.
However, getting the full productivity from employees to keep the business running smoothly is a top priority. Thus steps need to be considered to make all possible arrangements to have smooth functionality.
There are, nonetheless, few questions that require a thought while trying to transform the work scenario.
1. HOW IS THE EMPLOYEE’S WELL-BEING AND EFFECTIVENESS AFFECTED BY THE NEW SCHEDULING?
Since the employee is working remotely, the organization tries to implement nonstandard work schedules like night shift, rotational shift, or Flexi-timing. The night shift proved to be less productive and with a more significant number of absentees. Flexi-time was preferred by many, especially working mothers, since it allowed them to balance their family and work reasonably.
A survey in the US showed that many people wished to take up jobs with a flexi-timing option. This option allows working leisurely as well as have free time for family.
On the other hand, the employees working in the rotational or night shift had health issues due to irregular sleeping and eating hours, and thus their performance too suffered.
A work time arrangement that permits the employees to strike a good work and family balance is most beneficial for the company and the worker.
2. CAN THE WORK SCHEDULE BE DESIGNED TO SUIT THE NEEDS AND PERSONALITY OF THE EMPLOYEES?
Considering every working individual and analyzing his / her work preference pattern is essential to plan an effective and foolproof schedule.
Even though many people may not be comfortable in the rotational or night shift routine, some prefer that due to their lifestyle and family situation. Therefore, while assigning duties to the staff, note the candidate and ascertain the time slot he fits for optimum performance.
3. WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CUSTOMIZED SCHEDULES OR EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT?
When you give the employees the freedom to select their preferred work schedule, there can be a fleeting doubt whether it is the right thing to do or if the company will get real productivity from the staff after these liberties.
Though the managers find coping with this flexi-timing a little cumbersome because keeping track of an individual’s performance record becomes difficult, it works best for the company’s benefit. Since the employees are allowed to complete the assigned task at their convenience, they put in better performance since there is no deadline or time-frame constraint.
4. CAN THERE BE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEED AND DESIRES OF EMPLOYEES AND THE COMPANY?
The pandemic has thrown the entire economy off gear. Thus, companies try their best to cover up the demand and supply ratio. Hence, employees are made to work at odd hours, sometimes at short notice. Since employee attendance is cut everywhere, the ones present are made to put in extra hours, affecting their health and family life.
Some healthcare, sanitation, and police forces had to work almost round to clock to keep the situations under control. It is essential to note this and find ways to relax the workload in the best way possible so that these people, too, do not feel overburdened and stressed out.
Covid-19 pandemic has changed the face of working patterns in organizations, and the sooner we adopt these new changes and learn to blend it in regular organizational routines, the better.