Why is flextime so important?

Why is flextime so important?

According to Gallup, it’s because people deeply crave freedom. They want to be in control of their own lives. 

This lines up nicely with happiness and depression research. Lawyers (especially first and second year lawyers) and ER nurses are the unhappiest workers. What’s the connection with these two occupations? Their work is high stress, low choice. 

We crave choices (but not too many choices). And we sometimes don’t notice the door of the cage is open. Psychologists call this ‘learned helplessness’. If flextime is important to you, grade yourself on how well you identify and enjoy your current level of flextime. For example, lunch is built-in flextime. How free are your lunches?


(data from It’s the Manager book by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter) 

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