Manillennials Weigh The Pros and Cons of Flexible Work Schedules
by Jace Amodo, December 20, 2019 9:59am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Many working Manillennials envy those who work a flexible shift for many reasons: a) they don't have to worry about being late because b) they have control over their shift, hence c) Manila's horrendous traffic can be avoided. But is there more to that? And at what cost?
With that, we asked Manilennials with flexible work shifts one question: "would you rather switch to a fixed work schedule?" If the query rings your little internal alarm (especially for those who work a 9 to 5), we're sure you'll find solidarity from these responses.
For me, it is best to stick to a flexible shift rather than a rigid 8-5 or 9-6 work simply because being on time for work is not accessible. Most people still work within those hours and it gives me the advantage to commute at a later time when they're expected to be working already. More importantly, my nature of work anchors on talent. We have unpredictable working dynamics and hours. Working in a mostly unpredictable job demands for flexible working hours.
- Lloyd, 24, Art Director
I prefer to work in a flexible shift firstly because of the worse traffic situation that we're currently experiencing. Aalis kang maaga, dadating kang late so it would reflect on your performance. In the long run, 'di ka sa workload pagod kung hindi sa travel time. Secondly, we do follow-ups and client meetings at around 9 am and feedback usually arrive ng hapon or gabi na. So I think mas fit 'pag flexi-time; you can maximize your time wisely. Lastly, I think it's about time na i-embrace at gamitin natin 'yung current situation ng bansa natin as an advantage. Mas flexible, more productive.
- Raphy, 23, Media Accounts Officer
Maganda 'yung flexi kasi hawak mo 'yung oras mo. You choose kung anong time ka magwu-work and sa'kin ang laking tulong noon mentally. Having the luxury kung kailan ka magsisimula magtrabaho ay talagang malaking bagay.
- Niel, 23, Sports Writer
I prefer to have a flexible schedule, especially that traffic here in Manila is insane. Employers should not measure their employees based on time, but rather on quality output that they deliver. Also, I feel like I'm more productive when I can manage my own time and pace.
- Amae, 24, Social Entrepreneur
FLEXI SHIFT! First, I am not a morning person. And most of the PR agencies, super early the pasok, and I just can’t keep up [laughs]. So lucky ako with my company because medyo flexi. Second, I don’t like an “everyday routine.” I easily get bored [laughs]. So kapag fixed 'yung shift, I’d feel na parang super naka-box, or limited lang my time (or maarte lang ako?). Basically, I don’t like na maynagse-set ng time for me. BUT DON’T GET ME WRONG. Obedient ako sa mga call time, meeting, etc. but 'di lang talaga ako maaga pumapasok.
- Abbey, 24, Senior Media Relations Officer
Mas madali communication sa other workmates mo lalo kung ‘yung job mo is more on coordination sa team since same sched lang kayo. Also for me, mas secure and stable ang internet kapag on time sa office. Otherwise, mabagal ang Internet [laughs] shoutout sa Globe charot.
- Fille, 21, Project Manager
I started with a 9 to 6 shift as an editorial assistant, then got a flexi-time shift when I became an editor. If I could, I’d go back to having a fixed shift. I prefer the fixed shift mostly because I’d rather get OT pay for work rendered beyond office hours. For flexi-time shifts, we usually just get to offset the extra hours, but I’d really rather have money instead [laughs]. It really just comes with the position, since there are more demands and responsibilities that may extend beyond 6 pm.
- Pau, 26, Editor
If the repetitiveness of the "control over time" response was any indication, Manillennials face a common struggle and therefore stick to a compromise not everyone enjoys. We can't deny the efforts being done by the government to solve the traffic issues, but the rate at which the problem moves doesn't match the pace of the promises.
True to its intention, the voice of the people (aka VoxPop) thus spread awareness and seek resolutions. Our work setting isn't the only factor affected by current traffic situation, but our very lives as well.
Interviews have been edited for clarity and brevity.