The benefits of flexible working arrangements

Mon, 04. September 2017

Working whenever employees want to: This sounds great to most employees. Companies start taking the work-life balance more serious and want to maximize the productivity of their employees. For most people flexible working hours are an advantage. A study conducted inside a Fortune 500 company over a nine month period found out that flexible workers achieved more, were sick less often, worked longer hours and were happier with their work. Compared to their colleagues who don't have flexible working hours, these employees were less likely to have a burnout and less stressed about their work. Why does it have such a huge impact on employees’ satisfaction?

 

Flexible working hours leave room to meet family needs, life responsibilities and personal obligations. As a parent you have time to go to a parent conference day at school or to work out for an hour while the children are at school. If your employees have a healthy work-life balance you will benefit from it as well.

 

By implementing flexible working hours, employees are able to avoid traffic in the morning and in the evening. Your commute will be way shorter when you start working at 10:00 instead of 8:00.

 

It also leads to more productivity and high-quality work. It allows people to work when they achieve the most, feel the best and enjoy work. There are the 'morning people' and the 'night people'. Preferring to start working later doesn't mean that these employees are lazier than early birds. Night owls are hard workers as well.

 

But how can you implement new ways of working into your business? Here we have 5 tips for you:

 

 

1. Step back

 

In order to be successful you need to understand the dynamics of your business. You should take time and talk to your employees or you could do some surveys. This will give you an idea of how your company is functioning.

 

2. Know your employees

 

Get to know your employees and find out how they need to work in order to perform at a high level. Where do your employees meet their customers? Does it make more sense if they do home office before a meeting? Are the employees fixed, fixed-mobile, mobile or home workers? This changes the traditional fixed profile of a staff to a much more flexible workforce.

 

3. Work together

 

You should talk to your employees and agree on goals for the workplace productivity, freedom at work, communication and find out the employee satisfaction.

 

4. Plan for change

 

If you have all the necessary information you should use research, other business’ success stories and implement them into your company. For this you need to ask yourself a few questions: Would it be smarter to move into a smaller office in order to create more efficiency? Are we even able to offer work flexibility and do we have the technology to enable this plan? After that you have to create a plan with all the changes. Maybe you want to change the technology use even the office space design in order to feel more comfortable at work.

 

5. Put the plan into action

 

The transition will be successful if the employees are involved in it. They should support the idea of work flexibility, otherwise the transition does not make sense. Employees must be engaged and supported throughout the process.

If you take care of these few steps, you will not only have more satisfied employees, but rather you will as well have more productive employees. It also leaves more space for self-reliance and flexibility.       

 

 

Author: Laura Tüttelmann

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