FLEXIBILITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Flexible working is not a new concept but it is one that is becoming a more popular and viable option for businesses faced with an ever changing market, constant technological advancement and the responsibility of engaging and supporting their workforce. Reaching a work/life balance is a struggle for everyone with responsibilities outside of the workplace, not to mention the responsibilities they have within the workplace, and what flexibility does is allow both individual and business needs to be met.

Flexible working has been seen to:

  • Reduce absenteeism and staff turnover.

  • Reduce stress levels and improves morale and commitment.

  • Provide a better match between peaks and troughs in workloads and staffing.

  • Improve productivity.

  • Create potential for improved occupational health and safety.

  • Improve your ability to attract skilled and motivated employees.

Of course workplace flexibility must be mutually beneficial for both employer and employee in order to be a successful strategy, the key is to find a way of applying its practices and policies in a manner that meets the needs of both parties. Is flexible working something that could work for your business?


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