When it comes to work scheduling, there are two paths that employers can take. They can either put their employees on a fixed hourly schedule, such as a 9 to 5 arrangement, or they can have a flexible work policy.

With a flexible work policy, employees do not have to work 9 to 5 every work day. Instead, they can either adjust their hours to their own preferences or can get paid on a non-hourly basis.

Each work schedule technique has its own benefits. Here is a look at the benefits of each to help you see which might be better for you.


9 to 5

It is predictable. If you like consistent routines, and predictability, then you may be better off seeking a career that is scheduled on a 9 to 5 basis.

Steady paycheck. If your hours are the same every single week, then you can expect a steady paycheck that is identical every two weeks, or whatever your company’s pay period is.

Overtime. With 9 to 5 jobs, it is very easy to know when you are working overtime and to get paid for it. However, with a flexible schedule, especially if you are not working hourly, then there may be complications about receiving overtime pay. Hours can be a lot more difficult to keep track of for flexible work schedule jobs.

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Greater control of schedule. Whether you are seeking full or part-time jobs, having a flexible work schedule gives you more power over your schedule. This can be especially helpful if you are not a morning person, or if you have children who you want to schedule around.

Remote work capabilities. If you are not working on a 9 to 5 basis, then there is an increased chance that you will be able to work from home, or from anywhere. This can add a greater sense of freedom to your life, and it may enable you to travel more!

Breaks. With a flexible work schedule, you can take breaks at your own desire. How amazing is that!? If your favorite football team has a match at 3:00 PM, you can take a break, watch the game, and then return to work after the game! Being able to take breaks when you want can also help you to prevent burnout.

Better work/life balance. If you are free to work whenever you want, then this can significantly improve your work-life balance and improve your quality of life. Flexible work hours allow you to do things like go to work later to avoid rush hour traffic, work less if you feel sick or tired, work more during your own personal peak productivity hours, etc.

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There are benefits to both the 9 to 5 schedule, and also the flexible work schedule. Whichever arrangement works best for you will be determined by your own personal preferences. So, no matter what time management path you go down, you are likely to experience a greater sense of motivation and job satisfaction if you choose a career that fits best work your scheduling needs.