The growing demand for flexible working and an increasing recognition of its vast benefits have pointed to the need for practical, evidence-based guidance to help management and business owners to implement this working practice.
Wherever your business is on its flexible working journey, it can be challenging to know how best to overcome barriers like negative attitudes or a lack of leadership buy-in, and to adequately communicate the advantages and positive impacts flexible working can have on your business and its staff. Below is the main evidence based benefits that can be accounted for:
Retention and Recruitment
Recruiting and retaining a broader pool of talent, reduced recruitment costs (due to lower attrition) and retaining employees’ skills, leading to financial gains and a potential competitive advantage for the business.
Employee Engagement and Loyalty
Greater employee engagement: employees are more likely to be flexible for the organisation (for example, changing their working hours when the need arises), and show more loyalty.
Enhanced Work Performance
Increased productivity and better quality of work, more efficient ways of working, employees can organise and manage their workload better.
Diversity & Inclusion
Having a workforce that is more diverse and inclusive of people from different backgrounds, gender, etc
Employees going ‘above and beyond’
Employees going beyond the call of duty, more motivated to work hard for the organisation, and giving back to the business (training other staff).
Positive Work Culture
Creating a positive working culture, in which employees feel valued.
Avoiding negative employee outcomes
Avoiding work-related stress, reduced sickness absence, and other negative employee outcomes.
Workforce in line with needs
Being able to balance the workforce in line with the organisation’s needs and avoid being over-staffed.
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