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The Major Challenges of Job Flexibility

Published: May 12, 2017

Job Flexibility is increasingly becoming an essential workplace norm. Many organizations are restructuring their operational paradigms to allow a considerable extent of job flexibility to their employees.

While the idea is often attributed to its major perks, there are also certain downsides attached. Here’s an insight into the major barriers to job flexibility. Read on.

Casual Workplace Culture

Job flexibility negates the idea of a formal workplace setting. Since there are no definite rules to mandate an employee in terms of time or place, many employees start taking their work for granted and adopt an extremely casual attitude towards work. This affects the efficiency of the employees and brings about a decline in organization’s growth and performance.

Data Security

Flexibility in job design, in terms of remote working and flexible hours, requires the organization to set up an online platform where the employees can communicate, access the relevant data, execute processes and submit their work. These cloud-based work portals are the ultimate virtual sites where a huge amount of business data is stored and where there is a constant sharing of business information.

Remote working portals are prone to a constant danger of a cyber attack, malware or data breach. Therefore, this comes as a huge responsibility on the organization to make sure that all online work operations and digital data are kept safe and secure from an unauthorized invasion

Communication Barriers

Communication barriers make a major downside of job flexibility. The employees are free to work in flexible shifts that often do not match with the shift hours of the manager, or another member in the case of a teamwork setting.

In such case, an urgency of a task or the unavailability of an employee may cause a critical disruption in the process, often leading to a setback or termination of an entire work process.


A job that offers flexibility in terms of work hours and remote working is often considered as the best thing an employee could ask for. However, since the employees are free to work at any time of the day, the clients and often the managers too, expect them to be there all the time, whenever there is an urgency related to work.

Similarly, with flexible work hours, the employees tend to work in varying shifts, with multiple intervals. This way, it often requires more time than usual to finish a task. A combined effect of this non-punctuality is chronic stress, fatigue, and burnout.

Disturbed Work and Personal Life

While work flexibility is often attributed as a blessing for the employees to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal lives, it may backfire in certain situations, causing family issues and affecting work performance.

For instance, if a family member or spouse of your employee works in a traditional 9 to 5 setting, while your employees can work as per their convenience, the family might expect your employees to handle all domestic chores, since they have a flexible job. This family pressure and household stress often affect the work performance of the employee.

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