The Benefits of Flexible Working
We hear so much about the benefits of flexible working...
But what is it and how does it profit the employer?
Because let's face it, it'd be bad business sense if it didn’t give a decent return on investment.
Here we'll cover both sides, and show you the benefits of flexible working are for everyone, not just employees.
The benefits of flexible working for employees.
This gives employees the chance to work when they are most productive. Work from 5am to 1pm? Fine. 11am-8pm? Also fine. Work at spaced 2-hour intervals throughout the day? If that's how you work best, that's cool.
It also gives employees the chance to fit their life into the work day. Picking the kids up from school, taking the dog to the vet, or meeting friends for lunch.
Flexible Work Locations
Got an important appointment today? Want to come to the office to get some inspiration Either is fine, providing you can work equally as well from either location.
Having connected technology and systems that allow employees to work from a variety of locations gives them options and helps them work where they want. Some may love the office, and others may prefer to work from home most of the time. But to have working systems in place is important to make sure there's a seamless working experience, no matter where they are.
When employees are in the office, they also need options.
Space for a quiet call? Head to a pod. Need an informal chat? How about some bleachers? Need to get your head down? Here's a desk.
Providing multiple spaces within the office helps users to work in environments suited to the task at hand, which increases their productivity and reduces stress. Imagine trying to take a quiet call in a busy break-out area!
The benefits of flexible working for employers.
All this development comes at a cost. So there needs to be some benefit. And no fluffy stuff here. We need bottom-line benefits to this.
When employees can work when they feel most productive, and in the best environment for them, their productivity increases.
In one 2017 US Survey, 91% of responders who worked remotely said they were more productive! That was before it was an accepted idea in most parts of the world!
When people are working in an environment that caters to their needs and wants, their well-being increases dramatically. They feel a more positive sentiment towards the employer and are less likely to leave.
By having these options available to your team, you become a more attractive prospect for people looking for work, meaning you can attract the best talent to grow your team.
The Bottom Line
When employees are more productive and happy, they work better.
Who would you rather worked for you?
Create an environment people want to work in, and you'll reap the benefits. Need help? Give us a shout and we can guide you on the right path.