The paper "Flexible Working Practices" is a great example of management coursework. Workers are required to duties at a specific time, and the traditional approach is between 8 am and 5 pm even though there are instances of overtime and shift hours. In addition, it is recommended that employees have to work eight hours a day and this idea is changing because of newer working strategies such as flexible working practices. Flexible working arrangements and practices include numerous processes and approach that affects the working conditions both from the perspective of the employer and employee.
Some of the common variables associated with flexible working practices include flexible roster schedules, flexible working patterns, flexible hours, flexible location, and job sharing, among other strategies. Debate exists on the effectiveness of such a strategy in accomplishing respective roles and responsibilities. Does the strategy benefit the employees? Does the approach benefit the employer? The aim of this paper is to discuss who wins when flexible working practices are employed in the workplace. The paper discusses the benefits and shortcomings of the processes from the perspective of both the employee and employer and concludes made based on the outcome of the discussion to determine which side between the employee and employer wins. The benefit to the Employer Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness Efficiency is improved because hiring costs and employee turnover is reduced.
It is unlikely for satisfied employees to look for more flexible working conditions or seeks alternative employment because of challenges of scheduling and assignment of duties (Eichhorst and Marx 2011). The company will not need to invest in seeking for alternative talent since the employees are motivated: costs for hiring are cut, which translates into more profitability (Phelan, Link, and Tehranifar, 2010). Apart from hiring and employee turnover, overheads are also reduced (Lengnick-Hall, Beck, and Lengnick-Hall 2011).
The employees are allowed to work from different locations such as home meaning overhead costs are reduced. In addition, flexible working including shifts means that the machinery and other equipment usage are capitalized e. g. there is no less downtime (Phelan, Link, and Tehranifar, 2010). It reduces the cost because the business may have decided to increase the machines to fulfill the requirements of daytime working but the flexibility of the employees to work even at night or based on shifts means the capacity and capability of the employees are capitalized resulting in savings for the company.
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