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 Are Fixed Work Schedules a Dying Trend?

The corporate world has seen a lot of changes over time to evolve into its present form. However, recent changes seem to indicate that in most industries, work and schedules as you know it may not exist for long. Many organisations are hiring part-time employees, teams are working remotely from various corners of the world, and some organisations do not have offices at all. Does that mean fixed work schedules are obsolete, a thing of the past?  

What are fixed work schedules?  

In fixed work schedules, organisations dictate when employees swipe in and out of work and how much time they spend working at their workstations. In some organisations, fixed work schedules can be extremely rigid and unchanging, while in others, there might be some degree of flexibility afforded to employees.  

In fixed work schedules, the swipe in and out timings along with the amount of work to be completed and the hours to be spent at work are decided by the organisation for all their employees. Employees do not have much say in the timings and hours, but they can air concerns about the workload assigned to them and get it modified as required.  

Viability of fixed work schedules today  

Looking at current trends, it may seem that fixed work schedules are dying a slow but sure death. However, if you look closely at how some industries work, you will be able to understand that some organisations need fixed schedules to function.  

The following are a few examples of industries that cannot work on flexible timings and need fixed schedules to function optimally:  

Assembly lines: If you work in an assembly-line setup, flexible timings will not work for you. All the employees working on the assembly line have to start and finish work together because that is how an assembly line is designed to function optimally. Government offices: Imagine having to wait endlessly for government paperwork or visas because you are not sure when the government officials will swipe in at work. Government offices have to implement fixed work schedules because there are many people dependent on them and their timings to get work done. Ticketing booths: If you had to buy tickets urgently, you want to be sure that the ticketing booths will be open. This is only possible if the employees issuing tickets and managing these booths have fixed timings of swiping in and out of work.  

There are many other industries where flexible timings are simply not a viable option. Although flexible timings seem to be gaining popularity in many industries, it is evident from these examples that in some organisations and industries, following fixed work schedules is the way forward.  

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