Flextime And Productivity In India

The Times Of India

Now, men opt for flexible working hours

By Sujata Dutta Sachdeva,TNN

NEW DELHI: Employees see it as one of the best perks to come their way. As companies realise the benefits of flexible timings, they are amending their HR policies to offer various options. Interestingly, what began as an HR sop largely for women, is now attracting a lot of men. Many men are now opting for flexi-timings to have better work-life balance.

Debasisha Padhi for example. An advisory consultant at IBM, Bangalore, Padhi opted for flexi-timings from the time he joined the organisation. “I hardly go to office more than once or twice a month. Other times, I work from home,” he says. He can log in any time from the comfort of his home. Moreover, it also gives him time to study for his MBA.

“What’s more, I save two hours of travelling time everyday. Also, small errands can be done easily,” Padhi explains.

HR managers in firms that offer flexi-timings, say they have seen a rise in the number of men opting for it. “At IBM an equal number of men and women ask for flexi-timings,” says Kalpana Veeraraghavan, Asia Pacific leader for IBM Global Work Life Fund. At SunGard Offshore Services in Bangalore, nearly 90% employees have opted for it. Of these 70% are men. Similarly, Noida-based IT company InterraIT has seen a large number of men opting for flexi-timings. “Nearly one-fifth of our employees have opted for it. And out of this, about one-fifth are men,” says Asoke Laha, president.

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