Flexible hours for office workers aim to ease traffic

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Dubai, Oct 3 (UNI) To ease traffic congestion and improve employee performance, Dubai Executive Council (DEC) has asked the Government departments to adopt flexible working hours.

''We expect up to a 30 per cent decrease in traffic congestion, especially during peak hours if flexible working hours are adopted by both the private and public sectors,'' Gulf News quoted an RTA official as saying.

The system is in line with Dubai's strategic plan 2015 launched by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, calling for the creation of an ideal work environment.

The official added that the RTA has also proposed a change in the private sector's working pattern to ease traffic and has been holding talks with major companies.

''Based on our studies, we have categorised three sectors for flexible working hours. They are public and private sectors and schools. In addition to having flexible workings hours within the private and public sectors, we want to have a 'window' between the timings of these categories,'' the official said.

''The system aims to improve the performance of staff and extract the maximum out of official working hours. One of the purported objectives is also to help solve the traffic woes of office-goers, especially during rush hour,'' he said.

He said, the system neither proposes to cut the total working hours nor staff attendance.

The Municipality has already started working on it and on an experimental basis is considering to implement three timings for checking in and checking out for the staff, which are 0630 to 1330 hrs, 0730 to 1430 hrs and 0830 to 1530 hrs.


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