EP Award Promo

NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: Remote workers aren’t the only ones picking their own hours


An increasing number of manufacturing, warehouse and hospitality workers are having a bigger say over the schedules they work, writes Austen Hufford for the Wall Street Journal. The companies are allowing employees, especially new hires, to work just a few days a week, take on four-hour shifts or choose new hours on a daily basis via phone apps. The increase in flexible hours comes as the U.S. job market remains strong. “Those on-site workers need to be doing their jobs either in person or on-site,” Sinem Buber, the lead economist for ZipRecruiter, told Hufford. “They are looking for the flexibility we have as well. … We aren’t going back to 2019 when it comes to work arrangements.” Companies said they are offering different types of working arrangements for in-person jobs because it allows them to tap into new pools of labor and because workers are demanding it, Hufford writes. Amazon Inc., which has facilities in Bondurant, Ankeny and Grimes, said more than 100,000 of its workers use its “Anytime Shifts” program to book their own hours. Clothing retailer Gap Inc. has hundreds of part-time warehouse workers choosing their hours using an app. “There’s a growing population of people in which flexibility is paramount,” Kevin Releford, a Gap executive, told Hufford. “You aren’t going to force someone who wants maximum flexibility to work a full-time schedule.”

Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!

americanequity web 040123 300x250