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Work Hours – Are you getting maximum performance

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

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Are you a morning person or a night person?

An effective leader understands how important this detail is for themselves and their staff.

Changing the hours of staff to suit this can have a huge impact on productivity and motivation.

Switching hours for various members of the team from 9 - 5, to say 7.30am to 3.30pm or 10.30am to 6.30pm ensures you get peak performance from people who simply function better in certain time zones.

So how do we look into this process?

Looking at the job description and what a person needs to achieve in their job is the best place to start.

Keep in mind that it is not about getting maximum hours from someone – it is about getting the work done and completed on time.

Having spent a year now in a pandemic, we have also had the opportunity to see how people function in a work from home environment.

This has been challenging for many, especially those with children who they have had to teach at home as well as doing their own job.

Second step is to sit down with each team member and go over the job description and also discuss roles and responsibilities. This allows each person to understand the role and the duties.

Third step in the process is discussing the work flow and discovering any areas of flexibility that may be available.

The fourth step is to engage with the person and discover if they function best early in the day, or are they the person that greatly benefits from coming to life later in the day.

Once all the facts are gathered, lets look at the technology we have to support staff. Are they able to log into the work network from home?

So now we have some data. They can do work from home; they can work at hours that best suit aligns with peak performance times. They can be in the office at allotted times and as an employer, you now have an office that functions from 7.30am until 6.30pm every day of the working week.

Also consider those who may need to pick up children from school. They can leave early, but commit to spending an hour in the evening catching up with anything urgent. FLEXIBILITY is Key.

Your staff are highly effective, very motivated and working at maximum performance all day.

Michael Robinson

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