Adopting a flexible hours work system in private sector companies instead of the strict 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM routine makes the employees more productive, happier and more interactive within the workplace, according to a new study.
The study was conducted by the Advisory Committee of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB), on the relationship between employee engagement and perceived organizational support on one hand, and job performance on the other hand.
The aim of this study, which was conducted on a sample of 2,000 employees in food, engineering and real state industries, was to identify the impact of employee engagement and organisational support on job performance in private sector companies.
The results showed that employees exhibited a five percent increase in their feelings of job connection towards their companies.
It also found that the degree of the employees’ awareness of organisational support - provided by these companies - was average (66.9 percent), the degree of their job performance was high (33.3 percent), and that there was a statistically significant relationship between job engagement and perceived organisational support on one hand, while job performance was on the other hand.
Mohamed El-Kholi, an EJB member and the founder of DOTMENT an employee engagement and internal communications consultancy firm, said that this study included random samples and that the data collected was analysed using appropriate descriptive tests.
El-Kholi further emphasised that the study recommended providing employees with the necessary organisational support and assessing the extent of their awareness of this support.
“The study also recommended creating a consensus between the personal goals of the employees and the goals of the company. Some of the other recommendations were also to consolidate the human relationships between employees in [the] companies, to provide the employees with a sense of job security, and to make appropriate changes to conform to the work requirements in those companies," he said.
El-Kholi added that the study recommended companies focus on flexibility that allows the employees to adjust their work schedules or location to better suit their needs.
The study further indicated that maintaining a sincere relationship between the employees and management stimulates confidence and builds positive attitudes.
Therefore, employers are encouraged to build relationships between their employees and to develop a reliable work environment, according to the study.
According to El-Kholi, if employees perceive the workplace as an open concept that does not require showing false emotions, they will feel as if they do not need to hide anything from their peers or colleagues and they will always be honest.
The study recommended providing time for rest as well as motivating and encouraging employees (and reminding them) to take a short five-minute break away from their desks.
“When your employees see that you care about their wellbeing, rather than just caring about sales or paperwork, they will work harder for you and the company,” El-Kholi asserted.