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NCJ Number: 65456 Find in a Library
Title: FLEXTIME - AN INEXPENSIVE AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT TOOL
Journal: COURT MANAGMENT JOURNAL  Dated:(1980)  Pages:23-26
Author(s): J DAVEY
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
Publications Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE OPERATIONS OF A CLERK'S OFFICE WITH 60 EMPLOYEES ON FLEXTIME IS DESCRIBED; ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE SYSTEM ARE CITED AND IMPLEMENTATION SUGGESTIONS MADE.
Abstract: FLEXTIME IS A SYSTEM WHEREBY EMPLOYEES CAN VARY THEIR TIMES OF ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FROM WORK AND THE TOTAL TIME THEY WORK IN A GIVEN DAY. INTRODUCED IN WESTERN EUROPE IN THE 1960'S, THE PRACTICE WAS AUTHORIZED FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN AMERICA BY PUBLIC LAW 95-390 IN 1978. VARIATIONS OF FLEXTIME INCLUDE STAGGERED STARTING TIMES FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS, OR INDIVIDUALS, RETAINING THE STANDARD 8-HOUR DAY, AND FLEXIBLE STARTING AND DEPARTURE TIMES IN COMBINATION WITH FLEXIBILITY OF TOTAL HOURS WORKED PER DAY. BASED ON THE EXPERIENCES OF THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PROS OF FLEXTIME CAN BE CATEGORIZED AS REDUCED TARDINESS, REDUCED SHORT-TERM LEAVES, INCREASED EMPLOYEE MORALE, AND IMPLEMENTATION AT LITTLE COST. THE CONS INCLUDE MORE INVOLVED SCHEDULING AND TIME-KEEPING, AND THE NEED FOR SUPERVISORY COVERAGE. AN IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH SUGGESTS STARTING WITH A LITERATURE SEARCH ON FLEXTIME AND DISTRIBUTING THE MATERIAL AMONG EMPLOYEES. DISCUSSION MEETINGS AND EMPLOYEE QUESTIONNAIRES SHOULD FOLLOW. IMPLEMENTATION SHOULD BEGIN WITH THE OFFICE WHOSE EMPLOYEES SHOWED THE GREATEST POSITIVE RESPONSE, AND GRADUALLY EXPAND TO OTHER PERSONNEL GROUPS. A 1978 SURVEY INDICATES THAT FLEXTIME HAD A 92 PERCENT SUCCESS RATE IN 196 FIRMS INVESTIGATED. TABULAR DATA AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Management; Morale; Personnel administration; Planning; Program implementation; Work attitudes; Work schedules
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