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Do flexi office timings spoil office decorum?

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Do flexi office timings spoil office decorum?

With an increase in the number of people opting for telecommuting and flexible work schedules over full-time jobs, we are witnessing a change in office dynamics in India and abroad. Although telecommuting is not as popular in India as compared to other countries, it is spreading at a rapid pace. Today, we are witnessing more women entering the workforce in India and due to family commitments after marriage, many women are opting for flexible office timings so that they can juggle housework and office work. But are flexible office timings a boon or a bane? Flexible office timings can be a boon if people follow certain rules and maintain office decorum. Once people are given the freedom to choose office timings they are comfortable with, it is in the human nature to become complacent. 
 
One should keep in mind that flexible office timings do not mean that an employee can enter office premises as he wishes. For example, if an employee is given the opportunity to come to office at 10am and leave at 3pm, he should abide by these timings. One should not take advantage of an employer’s goodwill. Flexible office timings spoil office decorum if employees fail to keep their commitment and complete their work on time. One should observe self-control, maintain self-discipline and complete his work on time even if he is working remotely.
 
Flexible office timings do not necessary spell disaster for an organization. Studies have shown that workers who follow flexible office timings have increased work intensity, which leads to higher productivity. Psychologists have come up with the term, ‘social exchange theory’, which explains that if an employer is flexible, an employee returns the flexible schedule and freedom by working harder to repay the favor. Flexible office timings reduce an employee’s stress levels, in turn increasing his job satisfaction level.
 
In conclusion, flexible office timings may not necessarily spoil office decorum. It all depends on how an employee behaves when he is offered flexibility at a workplace. If he takes his privilege for granted, he will spoil office decorum and create chaos in the workplace. However, if he chooses to make the most of his time, he can be more productive, resulting in a more vibrant and a profitable environment. 

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