Flexi-working hours could create happier workers

A suggestion by Cape Town officials to implement flexible working hours has sparked some controversy.

Professor Anita Bosch, associate professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) says it could have a serious impact on employees and company productivity.

The City recently proposed plans to introduce flexible working hours, as well as remote working to reduce congestion on the City’s roads.

READ: City of Cape Town pushing for flexi-working hours to tackle traffic gridlock

Bosch says while companies may be reluctant to make the change, there are indeed benefits.

Primarily I think...because managers do not really know how to manage this, and are very often fearful that people will become less productive and perhaps shirk a bit if they are not visible at work.

Anita Bosch, associate professor at USB

She says there are things managers need to get their heads around.

What we do know is that flexible workers are in general much more happier workers. We also know productivity tends to increase, your measures have to be accurate and you have to have a number of technology features in place to monitor that.

Anita Bosch, associate professor at USB

Because it is in general more quiet at home your productivity does increase because you don't get as many interruptions as you might get at home.

Anita Bosch, associate professor at USB

What we think are potential limitations with technology, end up not being such huge limitation, so there is an element of up-skilling workers as well and moving them from manual into more skilled types of jobs.

Anita Bosch, associate professor at USB

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