A 2018 report by CIPD revealed that 60% of UK workers enjoy some autonomy over their tasks, but found the level of flexibility varies considerably across occupations.
Workplace flexibility remains a hot topic in 2019. For many businesses, it has serious challenges - in particular its relation to employee retention.
As it turns out, if you want your best team members to become long-term employees, they’ll want far more than a decent wage and benefits package.
Workplace flexibility is when a company implements practices that result in employee freedom.
Put simply, it’s a way of giving employees the freedom and trust required to get their work done without micromanaging or dictating exactly how tasks should be completed.
In practice, this might be flexible working hours or the ability to work remotely, but there’s a lot more you can do to increase flexible working conditions in your business.
Here are a few ways to implement flexible working in order to improve employee work-life balance and their overall productivity.
As noted, there are lots of things that define a flexible workplace, but you need to define the elements that are most appropriate for your operation.
Here’s some ideas to get you started:
Flexible working only works if employees buy into it, so before implementing any policies, speak to them.
Don’t assume low productivity is a result of militant employees; they may simply crave more flexible working hours or the ability to work remotely.
Take the options above and present them to each team member - which would work best for them?
One of the biggest limiting factors for a flexible workplace is the presence of too many meetings.
With fewer meetings, your employees will have more time to complete their tasks, however they choose to do so.
If a meeting is required, try and keep it short, sharp and available remotely for attendees who aren’t in the office. A concise agenda and definitive end time should help..
Introducing workplace flexibility isn’t easy; it requires a change in management mindset and cultural shift which some businesses find challenging.
Along with the ideas above, there’s some simpler things you can do to make the workplace inherently more flexible:
Have we convinced you to implement flexible working practices in your business? If so, the path you take is entirely up to you.
Thankfully, it’ll probably turn out to be far easier than you might think. By putting some of our tips into practice, employee happiness and productivity should both increase.