Labour Minister:”Flexible working hours for civil servants”

The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Zoran Djordjevic, has announced that his Ministry will propose flexible working hours to all state bodies.  

The Ministry itself has introduced flexible working hours for its employees, according to which workers can start their work from 7 to 9 in the morning, thus leaving them to scheduling their working hours in a way that suits them the best.

“We have analyzed the use of flexible working hours, both abroad and in large companies. We have seen the positive effects of flexible working hours, which make workers more satisfied and efficient, as well as cuts costs,” said Djordjevic to Tanjug news agency.

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He said he had no doubts about the success of the flexible working hours scheme, pointing out that the Ministry was faced with the specific problem; social welfare centres and certain municipal departments had the same working hours which means that certain paperwork was exchanged between the two at the end of a working day which, in turn, meant that certain civil servants had to work overtime.

“Now department heads will be able to better organize their working hours and tell their colleagues they could come to work later but still work for 8 hours. I believe they will be more satisfied,” the Minister said.

Djordjevic underlined that that was the first measure to improve employee satisfaction in the workplace, adding that the Ministry observed and listened to everything that was done in the public administration abroad, but added that Serbia could not afford the luxury of experimenting too much, rather it wants to take advantage of the experiences of others.

“Flexible working hours are a normal practice in large global companies. Their analyses and their human resources sectors say that having flexible working hours makes employees much more productive and happier,” said Djordjevic, adding that flexible working hours will be proposed by the Ministry to all government agencies.

(Blic, 03.11.2019)



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