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Flexi-time: A blessing for freedom, but perhaps a curse for productivity

Author: Henry Ejdelbaum

Tags: Business Strategy, Flexible Working, self-employed

What do you need to work effectively? That’s a question that will never have the same answer twice. But the big one that’s been discussed a lot in recent years is flexi-time. More and more accounting firms are adopting flexible working as part of their standard practice. The question is, though – are flexible hours really that effective in a world that relies on deadlines?

We’re in a unique position when it comes to commenting on this sort of thing. As a network of self-employed accountants, every AIMS Accountant benefits from the ability to work at whatever times they like and suit their clients, rather than being stuck to a strict 9-5 schedule. We’ve got more experience than most when it comes to flexible working and managing your own time. Which means we’ve seen both the good sides and bad.

Flexible hours can be a great for productivity. Some people work best at 7am, and are spent by 3, some hit their stride at 6pm until late. However, flexible working comes with a big flipside – the only one responsible for managing your workload is you. A 9-5 might not necessarily encompass the times when you can do the most work, but it sets a schedule to get the work done. Working at the ideal times for you is no good if you don’t actually sit down and do the work itself. Flexible working is often an exercise in very specific time management, which in some cases can cause more stress than just setting yourself a basic 9-5!

For many, flexible working hours have been a great boon to quality of life – but that doesn’t make them some sort of miraculous solution to every office problem.