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The Pros and Cons of Different Work Schedules 
 
by Robbi Erickson August 24, 2005

This article is designed to help business owners and managers understand the differences between various types of work scheduling systems. It provides both the pros and cons of various work scheduling options and what types of businesses and companies that they are best suited for.

  1. Introduction
  2. Regular 8-5, M-F
  3. Compressed Work Week
  4. Flextime
  5. Peak Time Pay
  6. Job Sharing
  7. Work From Home
  8. Shift Work
  9. Selecting the Right Work Schedule for Your Business

Introduction

When you are running your own business you need to make decisions that will create the best results for your efforts. These decisions will often include issues like what vendors provide the best service and products for the best price, what marketing strategies to use, and what business philosophies to use. While these may be common issues that business people face each day, business owners also need to make decisions about how personnel should be scheduled to produce the best results for both customer service and productivity.

When considering what employee scheduling system to use the employer needs to take many things into consideration. First they need to know what hours their business needs to be in operation. Do customers expect 24-hour service seven days a week, or does the company really only need personnel available during the daytime hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.? Next business owners need to consider how many employees need to be working at different times during the day. Should all of the employees be working during the entire time the company is operating, or should they be separated into shifts?

The third issue that business owners need to take into consideration when setting up a scheduling system is what system will produce the best results for the employees. This may mean taking into consideration when the best employees are available to work and for how long, how much flexibility in the employee should have when scheduling their work week, and what kinds of shifts are practical for both the company and for the employees.

In the next segment of this article, we will be looking at a variety of different work schedules and we will examine their pros and cons. This should help personnel managers, department managers, supervisors, and business owners determine what scheduling options will work the best for their company and for their employees.

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