Working Practices - Part Time Effects on the Organisation and the Employee
The employees who are focussed on their work for a shorter period of time tend to be very productive – the employees are able to give their full commitment and are not as tired of the tasks compared to an employee who works 5 full days a week.
Changes in society have resulted in organisations finding it very easy to recruit employees who wish to work this way.
If more and more people are working part time then more money will be required to train the extra staff – very expensive for the organisation.
Also, it could be more difficult for managers to supervise all employees if they are not in full time.
The employee will feel more motivated that he/she is in control of their own working hours.
The employee will be able to have a balance between work life and other commitments.
If the employee has a very demanding schedule and is working longer hours at the beginning of the month, then he/she will be able to build up flexi time so that they can have an afternoon or day off at the end of the month.
Some managers may not agree to flexi time being offered – this could cause resentment.
For those employees who are not based in the office, hot desks are created to enable them to book a workstation when they require to spend time in the office.
The employee is able to use the facilities of a workstation and have access to files and other resources however when finished all the resources must be cleared away so that the desk is available for another employee to use.
The Role of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
It is important that Health & Safety Legislation is monitored on a regular basis to ensure that people are working in safe working environments at all times.
HSE inspectors have the authority to visit organisations at any time they wish without informing them that they are going to turn up!
If, upon inspection, the HSE is concerned at the organisation’s Health & Safety policies then the following steps can be taken:
The organisation may be asked to improve a specific factor eg. Ensuring all exit routes are cleared at all times or to improve their standard of equipment. The organisation would be given a certain period of time to achieve this in.
A fine may be given to the employer as a result of breaching the legislation, depending on the severity of the breach of legislation, the employer could be prosecuted and face imprisonment.