Flexible work schedules
“Flexible work scheduling” doesn’t necessarily refer to the number of hours worked. It refers to the control employees have over when or where they work. For example, employees may have the opportunity to work remotely, work from their homes, or work during flexible time frames. Increasingly, these policies are becoming more popular. Recent research shows that offering flexible scheduling may have a number of benefits for employees and employers.
Fixed work schedules
A fixed work schedule is one where the hours and days worked each week remain consistent. Typically, these work schedules are associated with full-time jobs, wherein employees are expected to work at specific times on specific days. But this could refer to any schedule where the hours and days worked each week remain the same.
Rotating work schedules
Rotating scheduling refers to a practice where employees work shifts that change in alignment with repeating shift patterns. Often utilized when 24/7 staffing is required, this scheduling method is used to avoid having specific employees work undesirable or physically taxing shifts at all times. These more challenging shifts are distributed evenly across the workforce.
Schedule inconsistencies and challenging work hours associated with this type of scheduling can lower employee satisfaction and negatively impact employee health.
Other work schedules
While 9-5 might be considered the standard, there are alternative ways to structure the workweek. Here are some of the more common alternative work schedules: