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Thanks to the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown measures across the country, more people than ever are working from home. For many businesses and employees, this has been a new way of operating and it’s likely to have a lasting impact on how we want to work.
While working from home isn’t for everyone, flexible working is something that employers are going to need to consider. According to Totaljobs research, 84% of UK workers would like flexible working and 28% would change jobs for one that offered remote working.
Flexible working is a working pattern that differs from the traditional 9-5 office-based schedule. This could include:
There are a whole host of benefits to flexible working including:
Flexible working, and particularly allowing employees to work from home, can pose some challenges for businesses. Some will thrive when given more independence, whereas some need more structure and are more productive with supervision.
It’s also important to be aware that when some teams are given flexible working but not others, there could be some discontent. Naturally, some roles require a job to be done during office hours and from the office, whereas others are easy to be flexible with.
The most important thing is that you are consistent and fair when considering your employees’ requests for flexible working.
Having more flexibility and access to remote working is now more widespread than ever before and it’s set to continue. For companies who want happy, motivated and productive employees and who want to attract the best candidates, it’s time to look at putting in place a flexible working policy.