Be Flexible

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on August 22, 2006

Small companies have a distinct advantage over their larger counterparts and that is the ability to be flexible when it comes to employee policies. Large companies often rigidly adhere to the policies outlined in the employee handbook. Workers who want to make special arrangements, whether it’s working from home one day a week or taking every other Friday off in the summer, often have to jump through several bureaucratic hoops and many times the request is still denied.

As a small-business owner, one way to attract and retain quality workers is to be flexible when it comes to policy. Make decisions on a case-by-case basis. You may have one employee who works 40 hours a week, but does it in four days instead of five. You might have someone who can do his or her job from home and only comes into the office once a week. You may allow a worker to listen to his iPod at his desk all day.

Set specific goals and deadlines for your workers and establish standards when it comes to quantity and quality of output. How, when, and where your employees get the work done should be a non-issue as long as they conform to legal and ethical standards.

John Challenger
CEO
Challenger, Gray & Christmas
Chicago

Reader Comments

Ange

August 22, 2006 4:40 PM

I find this idea great, and I think that people should be able to work in flexible places. It helps to enjoy your job and also allows you to have enough time to work on your task carefully. Also, it is profitable to set goals and deadlines, because you are sure that your job will be completed within a certain amount of time. This is a great idea! I wish I could work using the same system.

Bhupendra Oza

August 31, 2009 1:55 AM

I agree, but in some case where there is internal problems for which sometimes workers dont share with owners. So, personal meeting with all workers is needful where everyone can share their thoughts.

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