Why Health Plans should consider Flex Scheduling

Written by Kayla Rogers, Associate Search Consultant
Contact her at Kayla@CareNational.com  or  623-201-8732

 

80% of all U.S. companies now offer non-traditional or flexible work arrangements.  According the market research firm Global Workplace Analytics,  “If those with compatible jobs and a desire to work from home did so just half the time (roughly the national average for those who do so regularly) … a typical business would save $11,000 per person per year [and] the telecommuters would save between $2,000 and $7,000 a year.”

In keeping with that idea, the CareNational staff wanted to dedicate this blog to the idea of these non-traditional arrangements, and the pros and cons that face the individual employee, as well as the challenges that arise to effective management. In today’s ever-changing workplace, flexible schedules are growing in popularity. More and more companies are starting to offer flex scheduling to attract new hires and/or retain existing talent. Some of the career opportunities we at CareNational are asked to help with offer a version of flexible scheduling. Instead of working a standard eight hour shift from 8am – 5pm, flex scheduling offers non-traditional start times such as 10am – 7pm or 6am – 3pm. Is flex scheduling a good option for you and your managed care organization?

PROS

  • These arrangements gives employees freedom to take care of things that may be important to them during normal business hours and provides more of a work-life balance. Flex hours allow employees to drop their kids off at work at 8am, hit the gym before their shift, or attend any needed doctor appointments.
  • Another benefit of flex scheduling is work efficiency. Some people work better in the early morning, while others work best in the evening hours. Schedule flexibility allows employees to work at times that work best for them – when they are most productive and efficient. This can result in higher quality work and an overall happier work force.
  • A third positive factor is simply avoiding rush hour traffic, which in turn leads to a shorter commute. This will allow employees to save on gas and have more free time in their day.

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CONS

  • On the flip side, there are some potential downsides to flexible scheduling. If you are working non-traditional hours, you may sometimes feel disconnected from your coworkers. You will most likely be spending less time with each other, so there will have to be more effort put into making sure you stay in contact with everyone.
  • Another downside to consider is the challenge of scheduling meetings and team events. When everybody on your team is working different hours, it can be very difficult to nail down a time that works for everyone.
  • Another thing to consider is the type of role you are in and how that may impact your daily duties and responsibilities. Flex schedules don’t work for every job. For example, if you are a Medical Assistant and your office is open from 8-5, it wouldn’t make sense to work 6-3 or 10-7. So, the type of position you are in is definitely something to consider when deciding if flex scheduling is ideal for you.

In conclusion, this article is not intended to determine whether or not flex scheduling is ideal for every company/industry. It simply is to point out that there are both upsides and downsides to it – as there are with most things. It really depends on the individual employee and what works best for them.

So what do you think?  Have you ever worked in a flex-schedule situation?  Did we forget to mention a positive or negative factor that seemed critical from your perspective?  We love feedback, so sound off below!

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