Considering the benefits of a more flexible work arrangement for employees of your company? We don’t blame you. We’re big believers that flexible work arrangements are the future of many (if not most) workplaces.
“…Bill Gates shared what he thinks is the most important perk companies can give the best employees: flexible work arrangements .”
Also from the same article:“Now a new study fromHarvard Business Schoolsays companies that let their employees “work from anywhere” and work whenever they want wind up with employees who are more loyal, more productive and cost less.”
Why Does Flexibility Work?
What are some of the reasons why the ability to work outside of the typical office environment is so popular and generates loyalty?
●Employees can choose to live in more affordable locations, which in turn boosts their real incomes;
●They can more easily take care of other personal needs, such as caring for children or elderly parents;
●Less time spent commuting;
●More flexibility to travel and set their own schedules
Tips for a Successful Flexible Work Arrangement Rollout at Your Business
1.Define very clear outcomes and measures of success
When your team is dispersed to more locations and working on more flexible schedules, you’ll have less oversight of exactly how they do their daily work. The best way to make this work for both employer and employee is to have very clear outcome-based metrics that your employee’s performance will be measured against. After all, it’s the results of their work that you’re really after.
Getting face time with your team is still incredibly valuable, no matter how flexible your work arrangements are. A great way to accomplish this is by using tools with video call capabilities such as Facebook Workplace , Zoom , or Slack.
All of these tools are great for quick one-on-one meetings and can accommodate large team meetings as well, creating more of a ‘team’ feel and more personal connections.
If possible, we highly recommend that you still find a way to get your teams together in-person at least once each year. Nothing beats the opportunity to connect and meet the people you work with every day.
Be Flexible In Your Approach
Pun intended! Seriously though, we’ve learned that making a flexible work arrangement policy work takes time, commitment, and flexibility – but the rewards can be worth it!