5 great benefits of allowing people to work flexibly

5 great benefits of allowing people to work flexibly

As the place where most work happens, maybe it’s surprising to discover that the office can be pretty unproductive.

In a 2015 FlexJobs survey, more than three quarters said they prefer to do important tasks out of the office to avoid distractions, which is interesting because many of the distractions in the office are the same distractions as those at home. You still have a mobile phone, the internet, social media and email at home, don’t you? Yet remote working can also mean no loud colleagues, people dropping by, water cooler chitchat or other background noise like phones ringings or general office banter.

People like working remotely for lots of reasons, but the main ones are about getting more done, improving home life and saving on travel costs.

So we know that people both value and appreciate remote work — but what about for businesses that offer it?

More than half of businesses in the UK still see flexible working options as a perk rather than part of a standard package, but evidence shows this is changing rapidly as flexbility moves to the top of people’s ‘must haves’ in a new job. Forward-thinking business leaders are moving rapidly towards embracing flexibility and getting the jump on others in doing so.

So how can you take advantage of being more flexible with your people?

Here are 5 great benefits!

#1 Easier recruitment and the best candidates

Flexible work arrangements have become one of the top reasons people are interested in a new job. Recent studies show over 90% over jobhunters are placing it as no.1 on their priority list. Allowing people to work from home can say a lot about a company’s culture. It indicates that work-life balance will be valued and respected, whether that be for family or an active social life. If a business wants to attract the best candidates, offering flexibility is now a must.

#2 Better employee retention

Retention of skilled employees is an issue for all organisations. With some studies predicting that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs on average 6 to 9 months of salary, losing the best staff can be very damaging both in cost and knowledge walking out of the door. People that are given freedom to work flexibly are more likely to be happy and settled.

#3 Get more done in a better way

Whether you’re surprised or not, it seems letting people work in their pyjamas actually gets more done. Chinese website Ctrip found they had an extra day of work a week in their remote working study. People who work from home are more likely to be helpful to their co-workers. Less pressure — freed from gossip and removed from office politics — combined with an incentive to prove that they are still a valuable team member, seemingly make people more willing to get involved.

#4 Reduce absenteeism

Flexible working has been shown to reduce absenteeism in companies by as much as 25%. Instead of taking the odd casual day off, people find it far easier to take care of any out of work obligations such as dentist or doctor visits, or the annual car service without stressing whether it will cause a problem in the office.

#5 Stronger relationships

Trust is important in any relationship and a lack of trust between employers and their staff can be damaging. Giving people more flexible work arrangements shows that you have faith in them and a happy employee is far more likely to be a productive one.

It’s important to remember that flexible working isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Flexible hours and alternative schedules are options that can be moulded to fit everyone’s needs.

Progressive bosses have already figured out their own customised flexible work policies and are ready to capitalise on a cultural shift that in a few short years will see work flexibility as the rule rather than the exception. Perhaps it’s time to consider what level of flexibility best suits you and your teams!

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Source: Medium:Remote Working
5 great benefits of allowing people to work flexibly

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