Published On: Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

Why you should make flexible working an option in your business

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Flexible working has often been associated with those who are working around and caring for their family, especially women. But times are changing.  This type of working has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more businesses offering the opportunity for staff to shape their working hours around their life.

That said, there are still plenty of organisations that don’t give their staff this option. Many are still unsure about allowing their staff flexible working, but this can actually be just as valuable to employers as it can to staff. Still unsure? Here is why flexible working can be beneficial for both workers and employers alike.

Attracting and retaining staff

Offering flexible working is a great way to not only attract new staff, but to create and retain a strong existing workforce. Many candidates will look out for perks such as flexible working when they’re applying for jobs, and they are more likely to be enticed into your business if you offer this type of working.

For existing staff, enabling them to mould their work around their lives will help them to achieve a better work-life balance. Not only this, but they’ll be grateful for the opportunity to work this way, and will likely stay with your company for longer. Flexible working also proves you trust and respect your staff; you don’t always need to be watching them to know they’re working – which if you’ve made a good hire, shouldn’t be the case anyway!

Showing your staff you trust and appreciate them is important, and offering flexible hours is a great way to do this. The overall result will be a happier workforce and a better company culture, making you a more desirable company to work for.

Increasing productivity

Despite what employers often think, allowing flexible working can actually help to increase staff productivity. First and foremost because staff can work from remote locations, which means even if they can’t be in the office, they can still continue to work. Not only this, but everyone works differently. Some people work better in the morning, for example, so letting these employees start and finish earlier means they’ll be working at their maximum productivity.

By the same token, those who don’t do well with mornings may prefer to start and finish later. Flexible working allows staff to find their rhythm and what works best for them. This way you know you’re getting the most from your staff and they’re performing at their best throughout the day.

Lowering costs

Another benefit of flexible working is that you can save yourself and your employees’ money. For your staff, not having to commute to work every day, or battle with rush hour traffic, means they could save money on their travel. From a business perspective, allowing staff to work from home sometimes will save money on utilities such as electric, and amenities like drinks in the office.

Offering flexible working, and reducing the cost of their commute is another great way to retain staff. Those who feel appreciated will likely be more loyal to your business, and also work hard for you to show that they appreciate your flexibility and aren’t going to take advantage of this.

Overall, there are clear benefits to both employer and employee when it comes to flexible working. The best part about this is, you don’t have to agree to let your staff work from home five days a week, it is (as it says on the tin), flexible. Perhaps allow your staff to come in earlier or later depending on their needs, or work from home a couple of days a week. What’s more, this way of working is becoming increasingly popular, so it’s a great way to attract talented staff into your business.

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