Flexi hours

3 Ways To Be More Productive During Flexi Hours

Flexi hours might be the new world order, however, they come with their own set of drawbacks. To begin with, you will be distracted more than ever since all tasks scream for your attention, personal and professional. In addition, you are drawn to those things that appeal to you more than those that need urgent fixing.

 

There is help at hand, though. Just follow these productivity-enhancing tips and you should be able to succeed during flexi working hours.

 

Set your goals

Putting off work by another day, or worse, over the weekend, can be the biggest stumbling block for you. The negative appeal of flexi timing is procrastination. There are surveys that say that 90% of people put off work at least once every single day.

 

To beat postponement, you need to set your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. If that is too far-fetched, just go by weekly scheduling. And remember your ultimate goal. Whenever you think of pushing back certain types of work, ask yourself if it’s taking you towards your weekly or monthly goal or creating hurdles in your career path. If it’s not, then it’s time to get down to work. come what may.

 

Continuous two-way communication

Just because you are not tied to the company physically doesn’t mean you are not free to communicate with them about work. You have to maintain communication with your office through text messages, emails, phone calls (even video calls) to keep up your rapport with colleagues and superiors.

 

Importantly, when you are tackling a personal emergency, please inform them, so they know that you are not reachable around this time, or just to maintain the personal touch that is missing with ‘work from home’ or ‘part-time’ jobs.

 

Schedule your day

Flexi working hours only mean that you can work whenever you want. However, that sentence needs to be rewired into your brain. Flexi hours doesn’t mean postponing work for tomorrow. You have to set your daily work schedule, be it working only in the mornings, or only in the evenings. But set it and stick to it. Develop an office routine and abide by the rules of working.

 

Consider working at home as working from office. The only difference is that you are working when it’s most convenient to you and you are avoiding all the traffic and commuting time. However, whether you are working on your own, or remotely for others, you are still working for somebody at the other end. And there are deadlines for everything. Instead of accumulating all the work on one day, by postponing continuously, you should set down a strict protocol to only postpone if it’s way before schedule. For everything else, the deadline is now.

 

Similarly, don’t keep working at it, blurring the line between personal and professional time. This causes much rift in families, with spouses and children complaining that you are not sparing enough time for them. Make sure, you strike the right work-life balance. One hack here could be dressing formally when you begin to work. It plays on your psyche and has its effect, according to some cognitive scientists. Experiment, discover and become more productive. Your time starts now.

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Flexi jobs: The future of workplace recruitment

No longer do companies want full-time employees to sit on the ‘bench’ and await new work. They would rather hire people on contract, based on the work they already have on hand. Welcome to the new age of staffing. Call them flexi jobs, flexi staffing, contract jobs or part-time jobs, but they are here to stay. Not only does this flexible working arrangement work to the company’s benefit but also help the employees take off for a few days or months to pursue their other interests like photography, backpacking or just rest for a while to recharge themselves.

 

Flexibility and gaining a competitive edge is driving the industry to go for a flexible work schedule that fosters part time work and powers contract employees. According to the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), the growth in contract staffing was 10% in 2017 and is said to rise to 12% this year. “The ISF has predicted that the 2.1 million temporary workers presently in the organised sector will increase to 2.9 million workers by 2018, making India the third largest market in the world,” said Adam Pode, Director of International Research at Staffing Industry Analysts.

 

That’s not all with flexi jobs. According to one ISF report, the Indian IT flexi staffing industry crossed $3 billion in 2016-2017 and is expected to witness 14-16% growth in the next three years. And this extends to all states and sectors across India. The ISF should know. Some of the topmost companies in India are part of it and make up 20% of the total market share. 

 

One other study by ISF found that 60% of the companies who were making use of flexi staffing were more capable of withstanding revenue dips and remaining in business. The justification isn’t without reason. The employees get to do short term projects for a limited period, so they can take a break from work, and get back to working on a new project that will give a shine to their bio and also upgrade their skill set. They get the same pay and perks as the permanent employees but they don’t have to remain stuck with one company or job for long. They do have the option of joining the company full-time if the company and the candidate find it mutually beneficial. But otherwise, the candidate could just take a break from the contract job. 

 

The majority of people opting for temporary jobs happen to be under 30. And it’s understandable. They are new to the workforce and want to try out all their options and also indulge in their hobbies before family life and financial responsibilities take over their life. Although the IT industry is the primary driver of flexi jobs, the other sectors queuing up include retail, telecom, pharma, hospitality, manufacturing and agriculture.