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THE EDITOR, Sir: This is a response to the article 'Flexitime bill to punish bosses who infringe on right to worship' (Wednesday, September 10, 2014).
Flexitime is an arrangement under which I had worked for many years in a First-World country. It gives the worker the flexibility to adjust working hours and the responsibility to ensure he or she meets the required total working hours each week.
If the hours are fewer than what is required, the worker has to work extra hours to make up the deficit. Furthermore, if the worker has worked more than the required hours, the worker is entitled to use up the extra hours as leave.
Flexitime also allows the employee to avoid working on days that could be inconvenient, e.g. religious observances. In a democratic society, and in a working environment where the rights of the worker and the right to worship are respected, there is no problem regarding staff. However, a non-progressive, dictatorial management style will make any change a contentious issue.
I humbly suggest that non-progressive management seek to deprogramme themselves from the dictates of the past, then adapt to the new working arrangements coming on stream, which will benefit them and their employees.
GRACE P. PINNOCK