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The Rise of Flexible Working

July 24, 2017

It seems like we’re all striving for work/life balance these days. Help your employees find their comfort zone by offering them flexible work opportunities. 

Years ago, work fit nicely into a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. box. These days, it rarely does. We find ourselves working longer and trying to find a way to fit our family’s activities around our work schedule. If we’re facing challenges at home, such as aging parents to care for or a child who’s sick, it becomes more complicated to manage both work and home life.

As an employer, there are options that you can offer that will help balance work and life. Don't worry, you won't be alone. In fact, according to a World at Work 2015 study, up to 80% of businesses now offer some form of flexible work.

No matter what type of policy you ultimately choose, by giving your employees some flexibility, you’ll see an increase in employee satisfaction and a higher level of motivation and productivity in the work they perform.

Surveying the Options

There are a variety of ways you can implement flexible work options into your business' policies. Let’s take a look at a few of the options:

> Remote work/Telecommuting. This arrangement is pretty straightforward. Rather than requiring all employees to perform their work inside the office, this policy allows employees to work remotely at least part of the time. How this looks for your business will vary. You may require employees to be in the office a set number of days of the week, but allow telecommuting on other days. Or you may allow for the occasional remote work in times of need.

>Flexible work hours. Do you really need all of your employees in the office at the same time? Or for the same number of hours every day? Probably not. Flexible work hour policies can take on multiple structures. You can offer employees the ability to work their set number of hours—say 40—however they’d like, which would allow them to work longer on some days and less or not at all on others. Or you can still require a specific number of hours worked each day, but allow your employees to determine what hours they’d like to work.

>Job sharing. This policy allows two employees to partner together to fill one role within your company. They essentially split the time in half, with some overlap to allow for a transfer of information about projects from one to the other. This allows both employees to work on a part-time basis, with greater flexibility in performing their job responsibilities.