At my small sized company (~10-15 people) I have always had a very liberal policy on work hours. My employees can choose their own hours as long as.
- They are in the office from 11am-2pm
- They average 8 hours a day during the week.
This means they can come in and leave when they want outside of those 'everyone in' hours and can also work fewer hours one day if they work more hours another etc. This policy has always been very popular, and I feel it works well. It has never caused any issues so far.
However as the company grows (expecting to double in the next year) and beyond, how can I ensure that this policy is kept to/isn't abused when extended to a larger and larger amount of people?
I don't 'distrust' any of my employees and I have no desire for them to 'clock' in or out. But I'm mindful that this system when put across a larger amount of people needs to be managed in some more formal way or eventually it will inevitably be misused.
Just to be clear, being in within certain hours isn't an issue and can be fairly easily ensured, its obvious if someone isn't in. What could be an issue is someone only working 6-7 hours everyday with no time made up.
I want to... Ensure the policy isn't abused.
Not... Ensure 100% all workers are at their desks for X hours a day/week.