Defining Work Differently
Technological advances and flexibility in the workplace have redefined the workday for many organizations and their employees. Having a flexible working environment means that your organization defines “work” differently and, as a result, new guidelines are established for when, where and how employees get tasks done. This also means that results are not gauged by how much face time employees put in at the office; their work is reviewed based on its quality and whether it gets done.
For employees, flexibility allows for an easier time managing work and family obligations. It allows individuals to engage in their roles as a professional, parent, school board member, coach, avid exerciser and/or homemaker all at the same time. Allowing workplace flexibility is a great marketing tool for the company and a solid way to recruit and retain talented employees.
Types of Flexible Working Arrangements
There are many types of flexible working arrangements being implemented across the nation which include:
Benefits of Flexibility
Many companies have had a lot of success implementing flexible arrangements in the workplace. For companies with employees who are no longer forced to come to the office and do not have set work hours, turnover has declined and employee engagement has increased. These companies also received the following benefits from offering a flexible working environment:
Creating a Successful Program
Developing a program to make your workplace more flexible is simple and requires minimal or no resources.
As baby boomers retire and younger generations enter the workforce, employers have to be more adaptable to their busy schedules. Employers are finding that some workers may not like a traditional schedule, elder care responsibilities require greater flexibility and parents insist that they have more time with their families. Furthermore, as the labor market continues to tighten and unemployment rates remain down, employees are going to look at incentives such as flex workplaces as an advantage when deciding to make a career change or stay with an employer. Compensation is no longer the lone motivating factor for employees. According to the Deloitte 2016 Millennial survey, flexible working arrangements support greater productivity and employee engagement while enhancing personal well-being, health, and happiness.
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