Flexible work schedules have always attracted employees as they can allow them to balance their work and home lives from a schedule that they can create. There are four types of flexible work arrangements – job sharing, flextime, compressed workweek and telecommuting. They can work great for single parents, full-time workers that are also trying to go to school or even if an employee has to care for a sick or elderly family member. Love them or hate them, flexible work schedules, are growing around the country and the world.
We can now add Samsung Electronics to the list of companies launching a flexible work hour environment beginning on April 13. Samsung has such an impact on South Korean culture that Samsung is hoping this will allow employees to be more creative in an efficient organizational surrounding – empowering their employees to create a schedule that best suits their lifestyle. Samsung already allowed a similar option, but only for the company’s design and R&R departments, and it required the employee to work a full eight hours a day…the flexibility extended only to when you began work.
The new implementation allows much more freedom in coming and going, with a few restrictions, of course – first, the must work at least four hours per day between 6 am and 10 pm – secondly, they must meet a mandatory 40 hours per week. An official PR person from Samsung said, “The new system that allows more independence and flexibility in choosing working hours is part of Samsung’s continued efforts to help each member work more efficiently and creatively under the slogan ‘Work Smart, Think Hard, Build Trust.'”
Samsung expects gradual expansion of the new flexible work system to other departments and even to its overseas branches. The two divisions in charge of their super AMOLED displays – Samsung SDI and Samsung Display – will also be implementing the new system even as they work to expand production. One of the downsides of flexible hours is the ability to coordinate projects that rely on different departments to work together on a time schedule. Those employees often find that a more standardized work schedule works best. Employers and employees must still work together to avoid possible burnout from trying to cram too many hours in at once to make up for their time off – this can cause errors or moody behavior towards co-workers or interfere with their ability to concentrate on tasks. Samsung and their employees will have to work together to make sure the flexible hours produce the desired results.