The idea of flexible working has been around for years. Some companies welcome the opportunity for their staff to have flexible hours that suits the needs of their life. For employers, the thought of flexible working raises concerns as many believe it will open the floodgates for numerous requests and disruptions in the workplace. But the question is if flexible working is a good thing for business or does it cause unnecessary disruption?
On a positive note, flexible working can help you to promote a happier and more loyal workforce. Many believe it helps to reduce absence and supports employee retention rates. It can also enable you to create a more diverse workforce and encourage people that don’t fit the standard ‘9-5’ model to join your team.
For many employees, flexible working is essential in helping them to achieve a better work-life balance. And this, in turn, can reduce their stress levels and increase their productivity.
A recent study on flexible working hours in the UK by Maintel revealed that today’s multi-generational workforce prefers flexible working to traditional office hours and location. The study polled 1,000 employed adults in the UK, ages 18 and over.
Rufus Grug, CTO at Maintel commented:
“Employee expectations for when, where, and how they work continue to evolve. This means businesses’ management, policies, and IT systems must do the same. The real trailblazers put their employees’ working styles first, and use technology to back that up. For some companies this still requires a culture shift, judging employees on outcomes rather than attendance.”
“Equipping employees with the right solutions to successfully work remotely and keep company data safe is critical. This enables effective employee performance, recruitment and retention, delivering a good ROI in technology investments.”
Findings from the study:
- 73% think that their company has a good flexible work policy in place
- 66% would feel comfortable asking their boss if they could work more flexibly
- Those between the ages of 25 – 44 and working outside of London were mostly likely to feel comfortable asking their manager for flexible work options
- 58% said that they would take advantage of the opportunity to spend less time in an office environment
- The 55+ age group were more likely to take advantage of working away from the office than those between the ages of 18 – 24
- Those living outside of London were more likely to take advantage of not working in an office environment
So, is flexible working the future? Do implications such as lack of workplace interaction, security of company data and distractions at home stop this from becoming the norm? Get in touch with us today to tell us about your flexible working experiences and if you think more companies should adopt it.