Flexwork Enhances Your Workplace Culture
“Workplace flexibility is about improving business results by giving people control over their lifestyle choices and to determine when they are most productive to work .”
Today’s top talent demands more flexwork options – and employers that offer telework, remote work and more flexible hours are reaping enormous benefits. Flexwork is a great employee retention tool with 79% of workers surveyed reported they are twice as likely to stay in their current jobs, and feel four times more engaged at work. Flexwork and telework have been proven to boost productivity, reduce real estate and office space costs, and decrease absenteeism.
Flexwork, also, allows for individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to be incorporated into your business thus bringing new ideas and collaboration to a workplace which may have lacked this approach to innovating.
Implementing an effective flexwork initiative is not always easy – or appropriate for certain jobs – and it’s certainly not appropriate for all types of jobs. To meet your organization’s unique business and workforce requirements, successful flexwork strategy may encompass one or more options including:
Time & Place Flexibility
- Regular or short-notice flex time
- Compressed workweek
- Telecommuting & remote work
- Self-scheduling & shift trading
Career Path Options
- Dialing careers up & down
- Phased retirement
- Paid vacations & sick leave
- Time off for caregiving
- Part-time & part-year work
To create a culture of flexibility, it’s essential to have supportive supervisors who are comfortable with the idea of managing outcomes instead of a worker’s time. It requires leadership and accountability for results. For more info and 10 strategies for implementing flexwork at your organization, download a free brochure from When Work Works, a joint project of SHRM and the Families and Work Institute (FWI)
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