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Why employees shouldn't have hours

With signs of recovery increasing by the day in our 24/7 work place, now could be the time to think about work as accomplishing goals, not clocking hours.

 
Whatever the size of company, the traditional 9-to-5 week is… traditional. It worked as a simplified measurement of productivity.in the days when employees stood on a production line. The workplace today has changed, and so have the employees’ lives and expectations, so does the 9-to-5 schedule still deliver?
 
One of our favourite business books is ‘Drive (The Surprising Truth about what motivates us)’ by Daniel Pink. Pink argues that ‘financial incentives are no longer enough to give a business an edge: in an economy driven by ideas and creativity, it's more effective to give workers a sense of purpose, of mastery, of autonomy over their time and their tasks’.
 
In other words, winning businesses will get the edge when their employees: 
·         enjoy what they do and have a purpose for being at work,
·         develop the skills to do the tasks you are asking them to complete, and
·         have a sense of freedom over how and when the work is done.
 
Motivated, autonomous employees are more productive. It’s a win-win situation. Here are four reasons why we believe you need to end set working hours:
 
1. They’re productivity killers - Productivity isn’t tied to attendance. Simply being seated at a desk or attending a meeting doesn’t mean that an employee is delivering their best work for you or for your clients.
2. They don’t build trust - Employees should passionately want to meet their goals so let them do it in the ways they see fit. That way, they’re more likely to own their work and be the best they can be.
3. They’re distracting - It’s highly unlikely that all tasks fit into a 9-to-5 schedule, so why force you employees to be thinking about going home, rather than meeting goals? Allow your employees to determine how long they need to be at work to get something done and to set their quotas with their managers based on output and not time.
4. They undermine teamwork - Working in a team makes a huge difference to productivity. Let your employees focus on meeting team goals and collaborating to make things happen, rather than work as individuals moving through a time-bound day.
 
Dropping standard hours in favour of a focus on meeting goals may require a cultural shift, but when in place, it could mean that your employees are always at work when they are needed to do the job you need them to do, not just when their contract tells them that they have to be there. If Dan Pink is right (and we have to agree with him), increased autonomy equals increased happiness and productivity at work.  Net result for you - increased trust and ROI in your business. 
 

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