Flexi-work on the agenda

FMs could face extra workload, if flexible working hours come into play.

Flexible working could have a positive impact on the working population.
Flexible working could have a positive impact on the working population.

In a step to raise the level of performance, the Dubai Executive Council (DEC) has urged government departments to apply a flexible working hours system.

If implemented, employees working flexible hours will enable them to use their time more efficiently.

"It's a great idea. Flexible hours will lead to higher employee satisfaction, hence higher productivity," said Mohammed Hasan Middiqui, manager of facility systems, e-Facility Management.

"In FM, flexible working will allow greater autonomy in carrying out FM operations."

He went on to explain that companies equipped with electronic security and building management systems, will be able to use the proposed system to their advantage.

"Access control and CCTV systems can monitor staff and visitor access. They can also assist in generating reports of time attendance so companies can track the number of hours an employee works," he added.

However, more staff would be needed to keep buildings operational and twice daily trips to and from work could be increase costs.

"The biggest hurdle for FMs will be transportation. Where 7am - 7pm trips require two journeys, flexi-time will increase the number of trips. This cost impact will, in the end, be passed on to clients by the service providers," said Sanjay Bhatia, vice president of facilities management, Damac Properties.

Middiqui added that facilities management services, especially safety and security, would have to be strategically deployed so the comfort, safety and security of the employees are not compromised.

"There should be trained security guards and house keeping staff that should be able to assist and facilitate the employees who choose to work flexible hours," he said.

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