The Work and Life Balance Effects of the Full Flexi-Time Program on Civil Servants in the Civil Service Commission –Central Office: A Basis for a Proposed Action Plan on Alternative Work Schedules
Keywords:work schedule, flexi-time program
The flexible working arrangement is one of the tools that managers, both in the private and government sectors, have implemented. The flexi-time is a scheme that gives the employees liberty to select the time for starting and finishing work within a wide array of available hours. This study was focused on the full flexi-time work arrangement in the Civil Service Commission –Central Office. It looked into the effects of the full flexi-time program as well as the challenges associated with its implementation. Recommendations of the civil servants on the current design and implementation of the full flexi-time program were also gathered to create a basis for a proposed action plan on an alternative work schedule. The respondents believed that the full flexi-time program enabled them to balance their time between work and life because it reduced pressure, stress, and work-life conflict. In addition, flexible working hours allowed full time working alongside household responsibilities since it facilitated managing them more flexibly according to one’s schedules. Moreover, they perceived that flexi-time was not only helpful in their personal lives but was equally important to the success of the organization. Some of the recommendations drawn from this study included the adoption of a full flexi-time schedule even on Mondays ad with no core time and the adoption of a 4-day work week and also the flexi-place/space. Job sharing and job rotation were also said to be of great help in achieving work and life balance of civil servants.