Tag: Work-life balance

  1. The benefits of flexible working for employers

    It’s widely recognised that flexible working can benefit everyone, not just employees. So it’s important that organisations not already offering it as standard consider adding policies that offer greater work-life balance into their business model.

    Common types of flexible working involve working from home, working part-time, job sharing, working compressed hours or a combination of these things.

    Here are some of the benefits of flexible working for businesses:

    A boost to employee morale

    Giving your staff flexible hours or the ability to work from home could be a real game changer for them. It will allow them to: better meet the needs of their family; reduce the costs of commuting; and feel more empowered about their professional life.

    All of this will have a positive impact on employee morale, which in turn will mean a boost for productively within your business.

    It reduces employee turnover

    Staff will be more inclined to stay in a job where they have the flexibility to work in a way that suits them. This means you, as the employer, retain top performing employees and spend less effort on training up new recruits.

    It increases diversity

    Flexible working will help you grow a more diverse work force. Employees with family or health conditions that mean a nine to five job is impossible for them to hold down will find they have a place in your business. With them they will bring a mix of skills and experience that will enrich your workplace.

    It enhances your reputation as an employer

    The best job candidates look for employers who can offer them something more than a stable job and a decent wage. They want to know your flexible working policies and whether these can help them balance work with their personal life.

    Promote the fact you allow flexible working and your reputation as a good employer will attract top candidates.

    Save resources

    If you manage it correctly, offering flexible working to your staff will mean long term savings for your business. Employees who work from home for a few days a week could share a desk and the costs of heating, lighting and equipping a large office with IT could be reduced.

    What about the disadvantages?

    Of course, the benefits of flexible working have to be balanced with a few disadvantages:

    • Some employees may not work well without supervision
    • There are jobs that can only be done in your usual place of work
    • There will be some initial cost implications for setting up IT for remote working.

    All of these things will be specific to your individual organisation but are worth bearing in mind when setting up flexible working.

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  2. Is an ‘Office Job’ a thing of the past

    Before the days of the internet, going to work meant sitting in an office 9-5 to use a computer and a telephone that couldn’t be moved from the desk. Nowadays, thanks to the power of online communications, staff have the freedom and flexibility to work just as effectively away from the office.

    With increasing numbers of people working productively each day from home or in coffee shops, is a traditional office working a thing of the past? Richard Branson has said that offices are out-of-date environments and many would agree with him. But is an internet connection all that is needed to produce successful individuals and give them satisfying and rewarding careers?Desk with bits on

    The benefits of non-office working are definitely apparent. Removing a daily commute to the office saves time and money, enabling employees to spend more time with their families and leads to a much healthier work-life balance. Plus fewer commuters on the roads and trains has obvious environmental benefits too.

    Recent research also suggests that home working is more productive. Without co-workers to chat to or a lengthy commute, employees actually work more productively and for longer hours from home. And with less sick days, all these factors contribute to a greater sense of employee satisfaction and could increase the output of any business.

    However, it’s worth noting the concerns about home working. With no fellow workers to talk to and socialise with, home working can be lonely and may in time, affect face to face communication skills. Also, with performance judged on results instead of merely turning up at the office each day, it could ultimately place more stress on workers and lead to staff feeling they must work longer hours.

    Our professional view is that, whilst there are clear advantages to home working, an equal split between being based at home and in the office would be the ideal solution for a business considering the idea. This approach combines the flexibility and work-life balance of home with the day to day social interaction in an office that is so important to the happiness and satisfaction of a working individual.