Hello! Long time listener, first time caller
I’m a manager over about 80 people, mostly engineers and researchers. Our formal policies about work hours are fairly fixed, with core daily hours, 1-hour lunches, fixed sick/vacation leave pools and no provision for flexing time (e.g. leave 2 hours early on Wednesday, make it up over the week). And technically, any “work from home” is supposed to be approved on an as-needed basis.
In practice, supervisors are generally flexible within reason, and from my own experience, I have never had someone lose productivity because I granted them some flexibility – unless they weren’t productive to begin with.
The workplace appears ready to tighten down the rules and remind everyone they are supposed to be in approved locations during approved hours, and crack down on leniency.
I feel this would basically send the message “We don’t trust you.”
Can anyone recommend links to studies about the positive or negative effects of workplace flexibility? I know generally that many companies have moved away from fixed locations and hours.