It is no secret that the way we work is changing. Technological advances and new workforce demands have led us to experiment with alternative approaches to working. Now more than ever, workers around the world are becoming more mobile and flexible while old workplace rules are grauall becoming obsolete. As founder of RedBalloon, Naomi Simson says on the BBC, the fine line between work and life is much more blurred than 10 years ago, and today work can happen wherever you are, or at any point through the day extending the 9 to 5 work schedule. Some employers were able to anticipate the change and as such have acted upon it to improve the way their company works.
Adarsh Pallian, founder and CEO of Trippeo – a web and mobile expense management software company, doesn’t seem too concerned about the time his employees clock in and out of work. Following the idea of ‘doing what works for you’ Adarsh encourages his team to identify their most productive hours and work during those hours to allow them to work faster and smarter.
Essentially he challenges the effectiveness of the traditional 40-hour work week that dictates employees work for 8 hours per day, rest for 8 hours and entertain themselves for the remaining 8 hours. While this time arrangement has been effective for so long – considering it was introduced more than a century ago, Adarsh argues that it is time to move on, and he has some pretty convincing evidence to back up this theory.
As he says, “productivity is as much about being empowered as it is getting the right amount of sleep. So I empower my team to do what they need to do.”
While this is obviously an unconventional way of working, it does seem to be effective considering that many of Trippeo employees have already found the trick to being more productive in their work and have determined what it is that helps keep them going. When Adarsh asked his employees when and how they would prefer to work, he found out that his employees would welcome some sort of flexibility in their work. More specifically, the majority seemed to appreciate the fact that they aren’t forced to start work as early as 9 am rather when it is best for them.
For all of the employees this is a huge plus and gives them another reason to stick around. Also, knowing that their boss approves of this approach has given them the freedom to try out things and help the company develop in a variety of ways. Other benefits this flexible way of working provides are:
- Employees enjoy autonomy and independence in the way they carry out activities.
- Employees feel much happier and more confident about themselves.
- Employees feel appreciated, valued and respected.
- Employees are motivated to accomplish more during their most productive hours.
- Employees feel more creative and are making more effective use of their time.
This way of working seems to most similar to the 6-hour workday initiative first introduced by the Swedish. So perhaps it is time to reconsider the traditional 40-hour work week and follow Sweden’s approach to the 6-hour workday? Well, who knows? The CEO of the Stockholm-based app developer company Filimundus who is making the big change explained why this could be beneficial to the business and its employees saying that reducing the work hours would make employees more motivated to accomplish more in a shorter period of time.
As it turns out, everyone takes a different approach to getting through the day. What is rather interesting is that there are also many elements that affect productivity apart from working hours. Getting enough sleep for one is crucial to ensuring you will have a productive work day, or starting your day with an empowering morning routine, your commute (taking the bus or the bike), the location, or even the nature of your work (duties).
All of this comes as a result of being able to experiment, as well as becoming self-aware which is crucial to success. Knowing how your mind and body respond to specific situations and as such knowing what to expect of yourself at any given time, to make the best use of it. Adarsh seems to know this too well, and that is why he is choosing to invest in his people to help them as well as his company develop.
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As you can see, there is no right or wrong way to work. Everyone has their own way of doing things, their own daily rituals; their own routines...These are the things that work best for them and give them the motivation to get out of the bed every day. Simply put these are the methods they follow to ensure they will be productive throughout the day.
Despite the fact that only certain jobs can offer such flexibility, there are also many things that you can do to make your job work for you – not against you. Test your own limitations and abilities, and figure out when you are feeling the most creative and productive at your job. It will make you and your boss happier, so it is a win-win right?
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