The world of work, as well as the way we work, is changing. Old expectations around work have become unsustainable and people are looking for an alternative to the traditional setup of work. Flexible work can solve many, if not all, of the problems we have with the traditional way of working. It can allow employees to schedule work around important events and responsibilities, and businesses to save money on costs associated with having employees in the office all the time. If your business is thinking about moving to flexible work, here are some tips to help make the transition easier.
Get The Management on Board
Managing flexible work is a lot more challenging and complicated than managing traditional work. Managers are the ones supposed to ensure these new work practices work out, but many of them are not knowledgeable in how to manage a flexible team.
Proper investments must be made into the training of managers because without this training, flexible work is bound to fail. Additionally, managers who do not know how to manage flexible work might pass on these responsibilities to workers, increasing their workload and reducing their performance.
Allow Flexible Schedules
Flexible schedules are one of the most important anchors of flexible work. You want employees to work the hours they are most comfortable with. This is supported by the fact that some people love working in the morning, some in the afternoon and evening and some at night. Businesses can also use apps like Shiftsmart, which allows them to find freelancers looking for flexible work.
One of the ways productivity was measured in the past was by looking at how many hours an employee spent on a task or in the office. The need for people to appear for appearance’s sake hurts productivity.
In flexible work models, productivity must be measured by the number of tasks completed rather than how long it took to complete them. If work is completed before a deadline and up to a set standard, there is no need for an employee to clock in at 9 AM or work eight hours a day anymore.
Make Flexible Work a Selling Point
There is a massive pool of workers waiting for flexible work opportunities. Making flexibility a selling point will allow you to attract this talent as well as talent from a wider pool. These may be talented people who want to change their work schedules but may not have been able to do so.
Offering a flexible work arrangement also increases productivity and employee retention. Employees gain from these arrangements and so do the businesses, companies, and organizations they work for.
Flexible work is the future, and a lot of people are realizing that. Granted, there will be challenges to moving to flexible work but once the transition is made, it will lead to happier employees, increased productivity, better work-life balance, and better employee experiences. With all these and many other benefits, there is no reason why your business should not start considering or even moving to flexible work arrangements.