Tools for employee flexibility while keeping your business on track

Posted by Justin Hesser on June 7, 2012

When it comes to completing high priority projects or overall company productivity, warmer summer weather can have an adverse effect on these important goals. But, rather than locking employees in their offices until the projects are done, most companies have actually given their workforce benefits during the summer months that allow them time out of the office, increasing the importance of a custom database software to track productivity.

In fact, according to a new survey from OfficeTeam – a nationwide staffing agency – the most coveted perks that employers are looking for with the summer months rolling up are flexible schedules and the ability to leave work early on Fridays. The former was the top prize with 41 percent of votes and the latter pulling 28 percent of votes. These results are very similar to the same survey conducted in 2009.

Furthermore, 75 percent of HR managers interviewed by OfficeTeam said their company has instituted a flexible summer schedule for employees while 63 percent have begun allowing workers to leave early on Fridays. While these incentives may increase morale for employees and keep top talent happy with their current positions, it may also curtail production, which OfficeTeam warns against.

“Businesses introducing flexible work arrangements should establish clear policies to ensure productivity isn’t negatively affected,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Its beneficial to stagger schedules and cross-train individuals so there’s always staff coverage. Conducting regular check-ins with team members who have alternate hours also helps keep projects on track.”

By using a custom database software, managers can track employee productivity and project progress to determine whether these schedule benefits are too loose or offer the appropriate amount of rest and relaxation. FileMaker is a database software capable of fulfilling these demands. Furthermore, the mobile version, FileMaker Go, can be used for any employees or managers who may be out of the office.