March 17th, 2017 / Insight posted in Blog

Flexible working – don’t get left behind!

If you run a business, you may have had to consider flexible working requests and been torn between not wanting to upset the apple cart and maintaining a sense of consistency. One of the biggest workplace trends is recruiting flexible workers, and it is quickly moving from the peripheries into the mainstream, for good reason.

Flexibility can give an organisation a fantastic advantage and have an impact on businesses’ bottom lines. Employing flexible staff helps cut costs while retaining exceptional talent, and offers a powerful recruitment and retention tool.

Flexibility can make your company a very desirable place to work, but the benefits don’t end there.

Flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job, impacting your turnover, retention and recruitment costs.

It is well known that flexible workers are more productive. Home workers have always claimed to be more productive than when they are in the office, even though managers often have concerns that they won’t work as effectively. However, new research has confirmed that home working provides a more productive environment than office working as workers are less likely to be interrupted.

Flexible workers are happier. Countless studies find that employee satisfaction soars when workers stretch their wings beyond the office. Parents, in particular, find that work-family conflict drops significantly when they get a chance to work flexibly or remotely. Studies have found that flexibility reduces stress and burnout, while increasing job satisfaction and, again, lowering the rates of workplace turnover.

Flexibility is better for diversity. Offering flexible work opportunities allows companies to cast a wider net for a more diverse workforce. Companies can benefit and enrich their teams by hiring people with disabilities, veterans, former retirees who are going back to work, and other groups that are often overlooked.

It’s no secret; flexibility is the most desired perk! Companies need to nurture and support the flexibility trend if they want to retain the best talent and the workers that will carry their business into the future.