Innovative work generally demands a high degree of creativity and initiative from employees. Flexible working hours (“flexitime”) and locations (“flexiplace”) allow them to adapt work conditions to their individual needs. These options should be equally accessible to all employees unless their job requires fixed hours of attendance. Sufficient workstations should remain available on site. In addition, individual presence days, core-time regulations (e.g., availability between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), or special agreements, such as “no meetings on Fridays or after 5 p.m.” can be agreed on. Such contracts will particularly benefit employees who appreciate a certain degree of structure. Further, these agreements can also help to ensure an efficient flow of information and nurture social contacts.
Flexible working conditions enable employees to work in a self-determined way and allow them to combine their professional activities with family obligations or other commitments. Flexible working hours (“flexitime”) provide the freedom to perform a specific activity when productivity and creativity are at their highest. A flexible work location (“flexiplace”) also has the advantage of allowing employees to move to an environment that fits their current needs and work requirements. For example, they can move to a workplace that promotes concentration (e.g., quiet study), stimulates creativity (e.g., proximity to nature), or provides opportunities for exchange (e.g., a co-working space). In this way, flexible working hours and locations help achieve ideal conditions for various needs and maximize creativity in diversely composed teams.