Finally, Flexible Working! Part 1

by Thomas on April 22, 2013 · 0 comments


The working day begins at 10am. Work from home. Work on demand. Another day where you can go home early without telling the boss. You can achieve all these desires and more with new, flexible working models; but what flexible working models are there in the working world?

Autonomous/Trust Working

The employee assumes responsibility for their own flexible working model; when they perform their duties and how they can adhere to the collective and contractual agreements.

The employer trusts the employee, without the need for observation, that they will fulfill their contractual obligations, effectively renouncing control of their working time. This working time model prevents idleness where the employee would normally be tempted to procrastinate. A big advantage of this working time model is the reduction of overtime.

Sabbatical Investment

A working week of 30 hours is contractually arranged, but the employee decides to work 40 hours instead. Over the course of 3 years, the employee will accrue 10 additional hours per week, allowing them to have the next whole year free (sabbatical.)

Full-time work for part-time pay; the difference can be stored as a time or financial balance in a long-term account, where the salary continues to be paid during the free year. This flexible working model is often used by parents who wish to be with their children during the beginning of their school years, while still receiving a salary.

The Traffic Light

Both the employer and the employee control the working time balance of the employee. The introduction of such a model is practical in companies that have little experience with flexible working hours.

In the green phase (+/- 20 hours), the employee is responsible for working alone. The yellow phase (+/- 40 hours) requires the cooperation of employee and manager to return towards the green phase. The red phase (+/- 60 hours) allows the supervisor to take charge of working arrangements, to make sure the employee returns promptly to the yellow phase. Working towards the green phase ensures that the time accounts are not overflowing, or that they are not sinking too far into the negative.

Didn’t find the optimal flexible working model for you here? Stay tuned for part 2!

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