The concept of flexible working has grown massively over the years with plenty of research suggesting that allowing employees to work flexibly will result in a happier, more productive workforce. Some employees even value flexibility more than or as much as pay and benefits. But what do we mean by working flexibly? For many people (and businesses), when they hear the term ‘flexible working’ their immediate thought is working part time hours. However, flexible working can be and should be much wider than this.
Flexible working really can encompass any initiative, way of working, process etc. that can allow an employee to move away from their traditional working method. Gone are the days where employees need to be attached to their desks in the office between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Some organisations are making real efforts to introduce various ways of working for their teams in order to offer some flexibility and in an attempt to realign the work life balance. However, it won’t necessarily work for all roles or all companies. Flexible working can include allowing employees to work from home, flex their start and finish times or even altering the office environment in which they work. It is essential that the organisation understands the potential impact of any new initiative and evaluates whether it will really work for them and give any benefit to the company and its employees, as well as having a clear policy in place.
At 1850 Business Solutions, we have a strong belief in flexible working and the benefits it can bring, it was one of the reasons for the Company being established. We are passionate about helping organisations to think differently and consider whether they could make a change for the better. Do you think you are doing the best you can for your business and your employees? Would you like to review new ways of working and offering flexibility to your staff? Get in touch to see how we can help you.