One of the things I really like about my job at DOZ is the flexibility that exists around working hours. I’m not talking about how many hours I put in during the week but rather when those hours are worked. The company and the two people who founded it are all clear that the focus is on getting the work done and not on starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm five days each week.
Coming from a background of about ten years in and around the tertiary education sector, this was and remains something relatively new for me, and it’s also something I am thankful for. It means that I can set up my days the way that works best for me instead of the way that a timetable believes will work best for me, the other faculty, the students, and the administrators at the college. I know it makes me more productive, and I also know it makes me happier, too.
Take my morning routine, for example. I love being able to get up early, get my day started, and get into work. I know from experience that I will get an awful lot more done before lunch than afterwards, and so I can schedule the most important tasks of my day for the morning. On weeks where I have to drop Jamie off at school that means getting in at 8:15am and getting started then, but on the alternate weeks when I don’t drop him at school I enjoy being the first in the door and getting at least another hour of uninterrupted work in between 7am and 8am.
At the other end of the day, I appreciate being able to pack up and leave at 5pm most days, and typically around 4pm on Fridays. It not only allows me time to recharge the batteries a bit at the end of the day but gives me time to fit in a run or to spend some time with Jamie before dinner. The fact that I can usually fit in a nice lunch break, too, is always welcome – today I’ll be heating up some of that chilli I made yesterday and I can’t wait.
In the end, I don’t start work any later than I used to when I was working in education, but I do save time at the end of the day, I do feel more relaxed and productive during the work day, and I get to switch off almost entirely on weekends. I don’t think I’ll ever be the last to arrive in the morning at the office – that wouldn’t work for me or for the company who needs me to be productive – and I do enjoy being the first in to open things up and get the office moving in the morning.
It is nice to be working in an environment where the company can adapt to my practices rather than forcing me to subscribe to theirs.