Flexible work arrangments involve changes to hours (eg. changes to start and finish times), patterns (eg. split shifts or job sharing) or locations of work (eg. working from home). On a surface level, flexible working arrangements can often appear to only benefit the employee; coming in late, long lunch breaks and way too much socialising – right? But did you know flexible working arrangements can actually benefit your business in more ways than one?
In today’s digital age, an employee no longer needs to be chained to their desk in order to be productive. In fact, thanks to file sharing, skype, and other collaborative platforms, they don’t even need to be in the office at all! In many cases, managers are actively encouraging their employees to take advantage of their potential flexible work arrangements.
Discover the ways flexible working arrangements can benefit your business:
- Increased productivity and wellbeing
An employee’s productivity and wellbeing go hand in hand. Offering flexible working to employees can boost staff morale and improve their physical and mental well-being.
If an employee has the opportunity to work remotely from home, they save time on a 60-minute commute, meaning they may be inclined to start work earlier and finish later.
Robert Half suggests: conscious of the need to prove they can work effectively from home, and justify the arrangement, many employees work harder than ever to deliver results. Flexible working also helps your employees relish their role and this can mean valuable increases in productivity and performance.
When staff members enjoy flexible work arrangements, they are likely to be less tired and better rested, reducing the risks of fatigue, burnout and stress. As a result, they will be able to give their all on a daily basis.
- Reduced Costs
Hot desking is an office organization system that allows employees to use communal seats and computers on the days they come into work. This gives businesses the opportunity to increase employee numbers without the need for a larger office space.
Aside from reducing costs, the benefits of hot desking lie in increased communication and strengthened professional relationships. Every day sitting and working with different people allows staff to build relationships across the whole company, giving them the opportunity to learn the strengths and roles of co-workers.
- Staff retention and attracting talent
As an employee, flexible work hours are a sign that you are valued within the company. It means that management has recognised their responsibilities and interests outside of regular work hours. It can certainly be a dealbreaker for some employees, and will, therefore, motivate them to stay within the organisation.
Similarly, professionals are actively looking for jobs where they can work flexible hours. Offering flexible work arrangements can allow employers to recruit talented candidates who would otherwise have been out of their reach.
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