Flexible Work Hours

Flexible Work Hours

What problem does it solve? Traffic congestion and pollution in and around Trenton and other locations. Travel times, congestion, and pollution during peak travel times could all be significantly reduced if all State employees were allowed to work flexible hours. At least in my division (Dep't of Community Affairs), there is little or no provision to work on a staggered work schedule. What is your solution and who does it apply to? As stated above, the solution is flexible hours and this would apply to all State of NJ workers, where practical. What is the anticipated impact? In addition to above, it would boost worker morale, make it easier to get children to and from day care/school, and many other advantages.


Managers/supervisors role in managing staff and work needs

We need to bring NJ into the 21century through Alternative Work Week Schedules, Flextime and Hazardous weather schedules that really work to reduce traffic congestion and accident mortality rates. The cost saving benefits are: 1. Reduction in health cost related to therapist, surgeries and other procedures. 2. Reduction in "loss of time" from work due to injuries. 2. Decreasing the current statistics of motor vehicle deaths at 40,327 annually Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.5

The federal government already does this, proving that it can be done in government. Employees have the option of arriving between 6:30-9:30 am and leaving 8.5 hours after arrival. This could help save on sick time costs because employees could work early (6:30-2:30) and go to an afternoon doctor's appointment, or go to a morning doctor's appointment and work late (9:30-5:30).

This is feasible and should be combined with a few other programs suggestions including telecommuting and alternative work week.

Managers looking to create a flexible work culture should avoid a one-size-fits-all approach; dictating exactly how these policies may be used can make them less effective. Talk with your team about your expectations, so there are no surprises later on. For example, if you set a policy that employees may arrive late or leave early when they need to, do you want them to give you advance notice? Of course, trust is going to be a big factor. you should trust them to get the work done.

Improves staff morale: 1) reduction in cost incurred by losing an employee, especially costs associated with recruiting & retraining; 2) the positive role that flex work options play recruiting staff; & 3) capacity of a flexible work force to respond to a rapidly changing, volatile, economy. Some facts: 36% of responding companies report use. Fields where most commonly used are entertainment/recreation-42%, healthcare-31%, & government-29% - especially police and fire.

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