Once again, flexibility in the work place is a strong trend in 2017. With over 87% of Americans wanting more work/life balance, the demand for progressive and agile companies is growing. But what does flexible employment mean? How do you know if will work for your business? How do you implement it? The answer may surprise you, it starts with you!
You may have heard some of the benefits of flexibility, higher production and efficiency rates, reduced stress and burnout, less sick days, lower employee turnover, etc. These advantages not only affect bank account, they also influence the culture of your business with higher morale, trust and commitment to the goals and values of your company. Additionally, companies often report they are attracting a higher caliber of talent by offering this benefit. Seems like a win/win, right?
So what does it mean
Flexibility means different things to different people. It boils down to this, it is a set of agreed upon terms between employer and employee that is used to adjust and enhance traditional arrangements in order to create compatibility between the needs and objectives of both parties. The one size fits all culture is becoming a outdated and undesirable.
- Total remote or virtual work
- Flexible remote work (in office 4 days, anywhere 1 day)
- Adjustable start and end times
- Compressed weekly schedules
- Part-time employment
- Freelance or contract work
But ultimately, it is what works for you and your employees!
How will it work
Understanding the business’s goals and objectives is the beginning of this process. Identifying where flexibility can be implemented is integral and MomSource can provide tactical ways to start this process. By providing the framework and tools to implement flexibility as a strategic part of your business plan, you will gain access to right talent for the position. Systematic hiring and onboarding also contributes to the success of flexible employment. MomSource has tools for that too. And, the best part of offering flexibility is that it can look like whatever you want at any given time. Arrangements can be modified based on work flow, communication is the key.
Flexible employment is the wave of the future. Whether you are trying to implement it in your company or have new opportunities, we would love to help you out.