Flexible Organization Essay

2366 Words Aug 29th, 2007 10 Pages
A proper flexible organization provides its work force arrangements where employees are given greater freedom to balance their work and personal commitments such as family, higher education, community activities, religious commitments, professional development, and general interests. Above is Atkinson's model of a flexible firm. He argued that firms increasingly seek 4 kinds of flexibility functional, numerical, pay, distancing.

Functional flexibility is a qualitative approach to work, and refers to management's ability to deploy and redeploy particular sections of the workforce on a wide range of tasks in response to market demand as and when required (Sparrow 1998 cited in Teicher & Holland 2006 p. 241-242). To ensure that this
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This lowers turnover rates on jobs, which can be stressful, monotonous or boring.
Due to the stressful nature of certain jobs, employees may lose focus on the job, which can result in serious injury, especially employees in factories. With the right arrangement implemented, employers can avoid this and improve its occupational health and safety records.
Through part-time work, employers can deploy its work force according to market demand. They have the flexibility to better manage peak and slow periods in workloads and staffing.
Flexible arrangements are also an inexpensive way to improve employee morale and reduce burnout without sacrificing productivity. In addition, companies can expand its hours to service customers without incurring overtime cost.
Even thought finding the right partner may be a difficult, through job sharing, companies create the opportunity for job share partners to cover each other if one falls sick or on leave. This even gives them the opportunity to learn from each other; reducing the cost of training and development. One person may want to work three days a week and the other only two; this reduces working hours in high-stress jobs and more time and opportunity for professional development that may later lead to career advancement.

With phased retirement, a company can reduce the sudden loss of experienced personnel and allow a more gradual transition for whoever

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