Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee's needs, eg having flexible start and finish times, or working remotely.
The most popular form of flexible working in the modern work environment is Flexitime or Flextime. Flexitime generally incorporates core hours that employees are required to work, but outside of these hours employees can come and go as they please. Flexitime will suit those employees who work better at certain times of the day, while also helping to maintain a better work life balance.
Another popular flexible working arrangement is “Remote Working” or “Working from Home”. Similar to Flexitime, Working from home allows employees to have a better work/life balance.
Other types of flexible working include Job sharing, part time, annualised hours and staggered hours.
No matter how short or long your commute to work, you’ll always end up paying for the dubious privilege of rush-hour travel, whether it’s by train, bus, car or a glorious combination of them all.
So as you’ve probably guessed, working from home can save you a lot of money. And don’t forget you’re also likely to save even more by not having to buy lunch or that much needed coffee.
2. More time for you
The average worker spends nearly 200 hours a year commuting to and from work according to 2018 TUC figures, which can increase even more if you live in a large city.
By knuckling down in front of your home computer you’re saving at least an hour a day, which you can either apply to your work (impressing the boss with your productivity) or use to keep yourself fit and healthy by getting down the gym. In fact, the money you save on your commute could easily help pay for your gym membership.
3. More time for the family
Working in an office is probably one of the biggest barriers to happy family life. Most full-time workers leave home early and return early evening and end up spending more time with their work colleagues than their families. This means if you have young children it’s likely you’ll hardly see them during the week.
But through flexible working you can use the time you normally waste travelling to the office and spend more quality time with your family instead.
4. Less stress
From hours of traffic jams to packed trains, it’s no wonder commuting is one of the most stressful events in people’s lives.
Not only is stress not much fun, it’s also pretty bad for your health, so working from home can play a big part in reducing your overall stress levels simply by taking your daily commute out of the equation.
Being in control of how you manage your time also reduces the need to cram in work between strict office hours, which only increases stress.
5. You’re the boss
True flexible working puts you in charge of when you work during the day. Of course you’ll still need to work the required number of hours, but you make the decision about when you do them.
This means you can optimise working hours to meet your own requirements as well as meeting the demands of your company. This can be particularly useful if you’re dealing with global clients as you can dedicate time in the evenings or early mornings if necessary.
Managing your time in this way not only gives you more freedom, but is also an excellent skill to acquire.
6. Play to your strengths
Whether you’re a morning person or feel sharper in the afternoons, flexible working enables you, within reason, to be on the job when you’re feeling at your best. This will help you to approach your role in a more positive way which benefits both you and your employer, as you’ll look forward to work while the boss will enjoy the higher performance levels you’ll achieve in peak condition.
7. Greater job satisfaction
The freedom to manage your own time will build your confidence and increase your sense of responsibility to the role and the business. This, in turn, will boost your feeling of ownership, making your job more rewarding and satisfying.
8. More balanced life
Once you get used to managing your own work time and balancing it with your personal commitments, you’ll not only enjoy your job more, but also life in general. Be warned though, once you’ve struck the right work/life balance it’s unlikely you’ll want to return to the traditional way of working.
9. Reduced carbon footprint
Travelling to work and the energy you use once you get there increases your carbon emissions on a daily basis. By cutting out the commute and helping your boss to cut down the amount of employees in the workplace you’ll have a positive impact on the environment and be a greener human being.
We know this may not be at the top of your priority list, but you can still bask in the glory knowing you’re doing your bit to save the planet.
10. Better IT
To carry out your role effectively at home, you’ll need an IT set up that’s compatible with your colleagues. It’s quite likely your computer equipment will end up being state-of-the-art in terms of processing speed and portability, as well as being loaded with the latest software to ensure you can do your work properly.
To maintain consistency across the business, your employer is likely to provide the necessary equipment and support, or make a significant contribution towards it, all of which means that you’re likely to benefit from an improved IT set up at home.
Do you prefer to have all your employees sat at their desks where you can micro-manage them or are you a macro-manager with a more relaxed management style?
If your company remains committed to employees working at their desk, you could be missing out on several business benefits.
In the digital age, advances in technology have enabled employees to share files, communicate with colleagues and collaborate on projects, without the added burden of a commute or distractions at work.
It's no longer the case that every employee needs to be in the office to be productive. In many cases, managers are actively encouraging their employees to take advantage of their flexible work arrangements.
Here are seven key benefits you should consider:
1. Reduced costs
Hot-desking schemes are becoming increasingly popular in many offices, allowing employees to use communal seats and computers on the days they come into work.
This gives businesses the opportunity to increase headcount without a larger office space.
2. Increased productivity
If an employee has the ability to work remotely from home, they save time on commute, meaning they may be inclined to start work earlier and finish later. Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of HR directors have seen an increase in productivity, further demonstrating the business benefits of flexible work arrangements.
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.
3. Increased creativity
Happy, motivated employees - those who are enthusiastic about their job, are likely to be grateful for flexible working hours, and may be more inclined to engage with their organisation and make a valuable contribution.
Flexible work arrangements can also encourage professionals to 'think outside the box' and be more innovative. Some employees may become more actively involved when they do come into the office, and are more willing to offer up creative ideas. These could relate to work processes, ongoing projects or general working culture.
4. Ease of management
If employees are eager to work flexibly, they will aim to cause as little disruption as possible, minimising the input needed from their manager.
If employees can prove they are easy to manage on a non-standard shift, further flexible working opportunities may arise. In most cases, professionals simply get on with their work; they will be heard from when they need to collaborate with colleagues or managerial input is necessary.
5. Improved well-being
Employee well-being is a key concern for many managers across several companies, and rightly so. Taking steps to encourage employees to have passion and enthusiasm for their job can be critical to retain top talent. Offering flexible working to employees can boost morale and improve their physical and mental well-being.
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.
6. Staff retention
Many employees view being offered flexible working hours as a sign they are valued by the company. Those who have other responsibilities or out-of-work interests may see flexible work arrangements as an absolute must or a deal-breaker for any organisation they work for.
The business benefit from offering flexible working is that it may assist employee retention efforts.
7. Attracting talent
Some professionals actively look for jobs that will allow them to work flexibly. It could be that they have childcare responsibilities or voluntary commitments, and are looking to achieve a better work-life balance.
Offering flexible work arrangements can allow employers to recruit talented candidates who would otherwise have been out of their reach.
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