Exploring the Advantages of Flexible Working

Flexible working is becoming more and more popular amongst businesses. With this approach, employees have more flexibility over their work schedule, allowing them to change their working patterns to suit their individual  needs. For example, choosing their starting and finishing times, working from home, job sharing and much more.

This way of working has benefits for both the employer as well as the employee. Here at Steele-Dixon, we explore the advantages for both and why you should consider putting it into practice.

Employee Advantages

  1. Personal Commitments

Having flexible working hours means that employees can arrange their personal commitments and responsibilities so that they do not interfere with their job.

Flexible working allows parents to organise their schedules around their children to reduce or even cut out childcare. Employees who are also carers to friends or family could use a flexible work schedule to be able to care for loved ones effectively without losing their jobs.

  1. Better Work/Life Balance

Condensing hours or working less hours would allow the employee to spend more time at home or with their friends and family. It would also allow more time for completing personal goals. This could improve staff morale and productivity.

  1. Reduce Commuting Times

Allowing employees to decide their start and finish times means they do not have to travel at rush hour, therefore reducing their commuting times. Additionally, if employees can work from home then they do not have to commute meaning there is more time for work to take place.

The average commute is now recorded at around one hour – by working from home employees can work for an extra two hours that would have otherwise been wasted on travelling in and out of work.

  1. Environment

An employee may be happier in the comfort of their own home, or they may prefer to be in the office surrounded by people. Either way, allowing them to choose where they want to work could improve their morale and may even make them more productive.

Employees may also be able to choose their working hours, allowing them to work when they feel is best for them, for example in the morning. This could lead to them being more productive, and happier in their job in general.

Employer Advantages

  1. Reduced Staff Turnover

If employees are happier when they have more control over their work life, they may be more likely to stay in their job, if they feel that they can sufficiently fit in all their personal commitments. This is likely to increase retention rates which means employers are more likely to keep their top members of staff.

  1. Increased Productivity

By having a more content workforce with higher morale, employees may be less stressed, so productivity will be improved. Also, allowing staff to work when and where they like could increase productivity. They could work more productively at home or in the office, or at certain times of the day so allowing them to pick this will help you in the long run.

  1. Attracting New Employees

By advertising that a company offers flexible working hours, it may make the job seem more appealing to potential employees. Especially those who would like to have more control over their working hours.

  1. Reduces Absences

If employees can choose the hours that they work then they may be able to fit personal commitments around their work. This could result in fewer absences, as the employee would be able to work the same amount of hours as they usually would.

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