The Technology Schedule

Living in Redmond, Washington I have a number of friends who work for Microsoft. Many of them start work at 9 am or later. They have the ability to set their schedules and work from home. Many serve on nonprofit boards and are often some of the easiest board members to schedule meetings with because they have so much control over their schedules.

I must say I am rather jealous of the flexibility their employer has given them. Employees have a lot of freedom to work at their own pace. This sliding schedule has worked to the benefit of the employer as many employees work all hours of the day and night to get a project done when it comes down to a deadline.

There are certainly dips and troughs in my days in regards to the amount of work and the demands on my time. Surely, there must be some value in providing a Grant Writer the flexibility to work from home and that it might be harder for a Major Gifts Officer. Do you think the nonprofit community could benefit from a flexible schedule like that? Would it even be practical to set up a program with that much flexibility to work from home?


3 Responses to The Technology Schedule

  1. sandy clark says:

    I am a firm believer in providing flexibility for maximum performance. When people feel trapped, they are less creative and empowered. I have worked in both settings–getting to work by 8am and making sure everyone was at their desk and allowing everyone to arrive when they determined to come. Those that were in control of their time outperformed those that were treated with strict schedules. Of course this depends on the work you do but for employees such as grant writers, I believe in opening up all options based on performance and their ability to communicate effectively.

  2. Leanne says:

    Jason, check this out. I think you’ll find it everything you’re speaking of and looking for and, most importantly, one of the TOP things nonprofits need right now.

  3. Jason says:

    Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) is an interesting concept. I like the idea to motivate good staff. I’d be a little nervous about things in a down economy because staff may be working harder for less reward.

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