Why do we need office timings?

These are times of flexi-working. All of us wish to have abundant freedom to walk in to work whenever we want. We want to leave whenever we want. In such a scenario, why do we need to have office timings?


Freedom comes with responsibility: 

Before questioning about the sanctity of office timings, ask yourself some questions: 

  • Am I holding myself accountable for results?
  • Am I driving myself towards achieving what I set out to?
  • Am I utilizing my potential fully?

If the answer to these questions is all YES, then you are the right candidate for flexi-timings. 

However, if you are the one whose performance is purely based on the hours that you are on the seat or you are the one who is performing just at the minimum to survive in the organization, then flexi-timing is not for you. You will need specified office timings.

To simply put, if you are a clock-watcher, then you need office timings; if you are a performance-watcher, then flexi-working is ok!

Your presence is not only for your work! 


Remember that your presence is not to simply finish your work alone. There are others who draw energy and inspiration from you. You need to be there for them. Flexibility cannot be at the cost of depriving others of that opportunity to collaborate. Time sense is important to make yourself available for others as well. 

Self Discipline:


Flexibility calls for tremendous self-discipline. If you are like many others, you must have over estimated your self-discipline. In the sense, you may not know when to be on time and when to exercise flexibility. Such sense of discretion is missing in you, then your focus is surely somewhere else and not on performance. Office timings at least enforce discipline, since you are lacking it! 

Finally, if you are more disciplined about departure timings and not arrival, then surely flexibility is not your cup of tea!


Dr. Rajkumar, CEO, HR Footprints

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