This flexibility story comes from Scott Huntington, a writer and blogger living in central Pennsylvania who joined 1 Million for Work Flexibility because he appreciates the fact that work flexibility puts him in control of his time. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.
When I first entered the workforce, I worked a job that required me to be in the office by 6:30 each morning. I was encouraged to show up earlier, but showing up late was unacceptable. The one time I showed up late due to unexpected construction, I was pulled aside by both my supervisor and my manager to be reprimanded for it. I was required to stay at the office for the same number of hours each day, even if I had finished my work, and so I was left to find something to do to fill the extra time on my hands.
I found that having such a strict work environment wasn’t effective for me. Some people enjoy having a set schedule where they have everything laid out for them. I am not one of them. When I left that company in favor of other work, I found myself with a lot more control over my own schedule. The flexibility I had made me feel less stressed and made me look forward to the work I had for the day.
Having control over my work schedule allows me to choose when I get my work done and when I take care of other tasks for the day. When I did some freelance writing, I was able to choose when I wrote my articles. Sometimes, I’d be more productive in the morning. Other days, nighttime worked better for me. While I didn’t have a set schedule, I was still able to get my work done because I could decide when I would be most productive.
I currently work at Webpage FX, a company that understands the advantages of having a flexible work schedule. My co-workers and I can start our day at any point between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. With my first job, I had to make sure I was ready to leave home at the very latest by 6 a.m., and even then I had to hope there wasn’t a lot of traffic that day. Now I can take my time to wake up, eat a little breakfast, and head over to work without worrying about having my bosses get upset with me if I get held up by something unexpected. Instead of spending my mornings being stressed about making it to work on time, I can relax and look forward to the day ahead of me.
Another nice benefit of a flexible work schedule is that I can meet my own personal needs. Webpage FX understands that its employees’ well-being should be a top priority. Whenever I schedule a doctor or dentist appointment, I usually get stuck with one that happens in the middle of the day. Having a flexible work schedule allows me to go to one of these appointments without fear of falling behind on my work. Staying healthy is one of my main goals in life, so having a schedule that allows me to prioritize doctor visits is very reassuring.
I know that having a flexible work schedule works for me because my stress levels have decreased considerably. I don’t follow the same routine—each day is different, and I like that.
photo credit: Scott Huntington