Alternative Scheduling Ideas

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Alternative Scheduling Ideas - Outside the US

Six alternative schedules which companies are using to attract and retain talent include a four-day workweek, job sharing, compressed workweek, do-it-yourself paid time off, results-only work environment, and time-agnostic work.

WORK SCHEDULES USED BY COMPANIES TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN TALENT

1. FOUR_DAY WORKWEEK

  • A four-day workweek provides reduced hours by which employees can work for 28 hours in four days and have a three-day weekend.
  • According to an employee at Perpetual Guardian, a four-day workweek means cutting working time from 37.5 to 30 hours per week.
  • Employees who follow a four-day workweek do not need to work on the same days of the week. Just as BLS workdays are from Tuesday to Thursday, companies can allow employees to decide to take Monday or Friday off.

Pros

  • This schedule led to a 20% rise in productivity and seemed to have caused increased profits and improved staff wellbeing.
  • It also reduced stress, drove staff engagement, and fueled the hope that a better work-life balance might soon materialize.
  • Implementation of the four-day work scheduled led to decreased staff stress levels (45%-30%) and increased work-life balance scores (54%-78%).

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Sample Companies


2. JOB SHARING

  • This schedule allows two employees to form a partnership to perform one job.
  • It is a type of regular part-time work in which two people combine to assume responsibility for full-time work by splitting the hours.

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3. COMPRESSED WORKDAYS/WORKWEEK

In a compressed workweek, employees can work full-time hours for fewer days. A conventional type is four days for 10 hours each.

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4. DO-IT-YOURSELF PTO

  • In this schedule, companies let their employees decide the days they would get off for holidays, and allows them to use those off days whenever they want.
  • Do-it-yourself PTO also called unlimited annual leaves, gives employees the ability to decide the appropriate time off.

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Sample Companies

Some companies that follow this work schedule include Hilton (Australia), ANZ (Australia), HSBC (Australia), Bendelta (Australia), Inventium (Australia).

5. RESULTS-ONLY WORK ENVIRONMENT (ROWE)

  • This schedule depicts a work environment where nothing matters but the results.
  • Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson developed ROWE.
  • In ROWE, employees are measured by performance, results, or output, rather than their physical presence or number of hours worked.

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  • Some companies that follow this work schedule include Ferris Slater (UK) and 33 Talente (UK location, HQ in Singapore).
6. TIME-AGNOSTIC WORK
In the time-agnostic work schedule, employees can choose when they want to work.

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RESEARCH STRATEGY

We first looked for a pre-compiled list of alternative schedules implemented in areas such as the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia, and other countries outside of the US. However, we were unable to find information specific to these areas, so we decided to go with a general list. We were able to find two sources which provided relevant information, and we used them to guide the report.

To determine whether there are companies outside the US that are using the identified methods, we selected the approaches/alternatives that are implemented by these companies. We then looked for pros and cons delivered to the companies implementing the alternatives. We also used general pros and cons when specific pros and cons were not available.

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  • "The founder of one of the first big companies to switch to a four-day working week has called on others to follow, claiming it has resulted in a 20% rise in productivity, appeared to have helped increase profits and improved staff wellbeing."
  • "Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, switched its 240 staff from a five-day to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. Productivity increased in the four days they worked so there was no drop in the total amount of work done, a study of the trial released on Tuesday has revealed."
  • "“Managers reported their teams were more creative after the trial,” he said. “It involved them finding solutions to doing their work in four days, so this reflected well. Importantly, they rated their teams as giving better customer service – they were more engaging and focused when clients and customers called.”"
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  • "In the last six months, companies switching to a four-day week include Synergy Vision, a 45-employee medical communications agency, Elektra Lighting, a lighting design company, Lara Intimates, which makes underwear, and the Intrepid Camera company, which makes and exports photographic equipment."
  • "Maxim Grew, at Intrepid in Brighton, said the switch has ended “Friday afternoon fatigue” and increased morale and energy levels among staff with a feeling that every hour counts, leading to productivity boosts. He said people have quickly adjusted to using the extra time off."
  • "One of the biggest experiments so far into the effect of the four-day week was carried out at Perpetual Guardian, a finance company in New Zealand. It claims productivity has increased."
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  • "One such initiative includes flexible working arrangements to help team members reach the needs of their lifestyle, location and role including work-from-home, flexible scheduling, job sharing and even a compressed work-week, where employees can work extra hours on some days to meet their weekly minimums and potentially enjoy an extra day off in return."
  • "Employees also have access to a concept known as ‘Thrive Sabbatical’ in which they can apply for paid time off work of up to a month in order to ‘Live a Dream’ or ‘Give a Dream’. These involve embarking on a personal goal, a meaningful exercise or to engage in a charitable endeavour of their choice. Team members are celebrated for their achievements and external professional activities, with more than 100 events organised during ‘Team Member Appreciation Week’ in 2018."
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  • "Over 65% of ANZ employees work flexibly through part-time work, lifestyle leave, job sharing, flexible hours and a compressed work week, to help them meet their personal and family needs."
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  • "A four day work week isn’t a compressed work schedule, but rather reduced hours. So, the employee would work around 28 hours over four days and have a three-day weekend."
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  • "In a ROWE, employees can work whenever and wherever they want. A ROWE values delivering results over face time at work. Job performance is evaluated solely on the basis of whether the necessary results are achieved by employees, not whether they’ve put in ‘face-time’ or ‘call-time’ at the office or have hit a matrix of complex KPIs."