Flex Time / Flex Week
My company, a 55-person Architectural / Interior Design / Land Planning firm in the metropolitan Atlanta, GA area, has for some time had a daily flex time benefit, where all staff members have the opportunity to choose a workday starting from 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM, with a corresponding ability to leave earlier / later, based on a workday that is defined as 8 hours plus one hour for lunch. In a recent meeting of our Board, the potential was discussed regarding going to a "flex week" where staff members could work four two-hour longer workdays per week, in lieu of five of the current five workdays. The reasons for doing this are many, such as a recruiting edge on our competition, to accommodate staff who want to spend more time with their families, to offset the ever-increasing commuting time, and to be eco-friendly by fewer cars on the road or miles racked up. Up for grabs is whether this should be a universal benefit for all staff members, or to limit it to senior staff or those that have been with the company for a specified period of time.
Any success or horror stories to be shared would be greatly appreciated, as well as any HR / governmental pitfalls.