The concept of work-life balance has long seemed like an unattainable myth; It only took a global pandemic and the government-enforced lockdowns that followed to show employers their employees could work remotely and still get their jobs done.
In fact, studies show that remote workers work more hours overall than those who work part or all of the week in an office — remote workers work an average of 8.7 extra hours per week compared to their in-office counterparts, who average Have 6.5 extra hours.
Post-pandemic, a multitude of companies have come up with the idea that flexible working arrangements should be a fixture.
And research shows that taking a more flexible approach to our workplace has not only improved work-life balance, but also our mental and physical well-being.
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For some remote workers, however, true flexibility isn’t just about physical location. There is an increasing shift towards non-linear or asynchronous work styles that essentially allow telecommuters to work on their own schedule rather than following the traditional 9-5 model.
What is a nonlinear work day?
The premise of a nonlinear workflow is simple: remote workers focus on outcomes rather than the tasks they need to complete by a specific date or time, such as B. Achieving weekly or even monthly goals or increasing sales each quarter instead of focusing on projects or a daily workflow.
Why are some employees looking for this?
From the parent who wishes they could spend more time with their kids during the day, to the marathon runner who needs to train for up to three hours, nonlinear work allows employees to segment their days, manage their own schedules, and adapt their work around the things that are important to them.
Neurodiverse workers can also benefit; People with ADHD are often most productive at night and therefore sleep later in the morning.
What are the pros and cons and which companies are open to change?
The benefits of non-linear work are many: it not only empowers employees to work when they are most productive, but gives team members the autonomy to do so. And while some employers balk at the idea of giving employees free reign, non-linear working can make teams more efficient, allow employees to thrive, and often show greater commitment and discipline to their work.
However, there are some challenges that cannot be overlooked. Non-linear work requires organization and communication, especially when teams need one member to complete a task before another can begin their work. There’s also the risk of withdrawal, something all remote workers struggle with if they don’t regularly see team members in person or do regular check-ins.
The good news is that many companies are already embracing the idea of non-linear work, and with good reason: according to a recent study, 37% of European workers are willing to turn down a job if flexible working is not offered, and that is with good reason Over two-thirds (69%) would accept a pay cut in exchange for flexible working hours.
Looking for real flexibility when it comes to work-life balance? Discover three jobs below that offer flexible working hours.
Database DevOps Engineer, Salesforce, Dublin
Salesforce is the world’s leading provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software and pioneered the move to cloud computing. It also offers its employees flexible work locations and explains on the company’s website that in our “always-connected world it no longer makes sense to expect employees to work an eight-hour shift and get their job done successfully”.
Salesforce Dublin is hiring a Database DevOps engineer with a strong database and public cloud background to work with a team responsible for the architecture, design, development and testing of next-generation relational database management systems (RDBMS). is. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering, cloud certification, and experience with related cloud technologies. The full job description can be found here.
Data Engineer – Python, HUMAN CAPITAL, Amsterdam
HUMAN CAPiTAL is recruiting a Data Engineer – Python for a client based in Amsterdam, specializing in the development of software used by healthcare facilities, helping medical staff to calculate and reduce the risk of postoperative infections. In this role you maintain and extend the internal data warehouse and create data flows to support the work of the data scientists. You will create and maintain ETL components, create tests to automate data integrity checks, resolve data availability and integrity issues, and manage and oversee data collection practices.
In addition to the possibility of remote or hybrid working models, this role also offers flexible working hours. You will need a bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer science, proficiency in Python and SQL, as well as knowledge of Linux and excellent written and spoken English. Apply here.
Azure Operations Specialist, Rencore, Munich or remotely
Working in tandem with the rest of the IT operations team, the Azure operations specialist will be tasked with managing Rencore’s cloud infrastructure, planning and deploying running cloud systems while maintaining a security and improvement perspective consistent with the product team’s architectural requirements and of the entire company agrees plans. The ideal candidate will have experience building and maintaining Microsoft Azure cloud platforms and technology solutions. Experience with PowerShell is an advantage. You also have the choice of working from Munich or remotely with flexible working hours. More details can be found here.
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