In many ways the world is a very different place than it was 20 years ago or even 10 years ago. The work environment has changed and the pace at which we function has accelerated greatly. The internet has revolutionized practically everything in our lives.

Our priorities and expectations have changed, too. We are not just workers, we are people. People with families to tend to, hobbies to relax with, spiritual pursuits to enrich us, charities to support with our time and talents, places we want to go and things we want to do. Sometimes these things occur between 9 am and 5 pm. What can be done about that?

Flex time is a great solution! After all, isn’t the goal getting the work done and done well? Does it really matter if it’s done at 9 am or 9 pm? Offering flex time is one of the key features we have used to attract a team of highly skilled accountants for our virtual accounting practice. They don’t want to have to show up 9 to 5. In fact they don’t have to show up here at all! They all work virtually! When I’m interviewing prospective team members I always say that at TAO school field trips rank right up there with national holidays.

Tips for Making Flex Time Work 

  1. Have clear expectations about what tasks need to be accomplished by when.
  2. Have a reporting system in place so that someone isn’t just “missing in action”.
  3. Communicate with one another: let each other know what’s going on.
  4. Don’t set limits on what qualifies for flex time; empower your team to decide.
  5. Share your experiences with the rest of the team.

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