The Flexible working trend shows that businesses are taking a strategic approach to getting the best out of their workforces. Instead of running a tight ship with rigid rules, flexible workplaces strive to implement looser regulations that empower employees to get the best results on a daily basis.
This all sounds great but what does flexible working actually have to offer the companies who use it? Well, this depends on how you implement flexible working and in this article we’re going to show you the top benefits you need to strive for.
Flexible working boosts morale
The first benefit you should see from flexible working is a happier workforce. Countless studies over the past decade have confirmed that positive morale in the workplace is crucial to getting the best out of employees while overworking them is detrimental to your business as well as their health.
Flexible working aims to create a happy workforce for the sake of getting the best business results. This generally starts with upgrading the offices to create a brighter atmosphere and dedicated spaces for teamwork, creative activities, and private working – so your employees always have a place to go where they can concentrate on the task at hand.
However, many businesses also allow employees to work from home, take time off at short notice and allow them to spend crucial time with their family. By improving the work-life balance for your employees, they should be happier in the home and the office, which makes a huge difference to workplace morale.
A flexible workforce is more productive
Flexible may sound like it’s all about making employees happier, but the goal is always to improve business results. It all comes down to the idea that happy workers are more productive workers and various studies in the UK have backed this up in recent years.
You’re not simply trying to create a happier workplace, though. Your goal is to create a more productive working environment that empowers your employees to do more with the tools they have.
As UK workplace design agency Office Principles says, creating a workplace with the needs of your employees in mind is crucial to this.
“The workplace should always support employees in their work. A smart office should be centred on the people working there. What attracts and motivates them to be able to perform at their best?
“In order to achieve maximum workplace productivity an office should be designed for flexibility. Flexible in a way that it is accessible to be used every day depending on different activities, and that it is open for changes and innovation over time.” – Office Principles
Every business is different, and your staff is unique compared to other companies, too, so understanding them and your business objectives are crucial to designing the most productive workplace.
First, you need to make sure they have all the equipment and tools necessary to do their job effectively. They also need chairs and furniture that’s comfortable and promotes healthy working – for example, a mix of chairs and standing desks to encourage a good posture and blood flow. While a key component of a flexible workplace is creating dedicated spaces for the different tasks, your employees need to complete – each one specifically designed to improve the productivity for each type of tasks.
For example, you might have:
- Brainstorming rooms
- Copy rooms
- Informal meeting rooms
- Formal meeting rooms
- Private Booths
- Collaboration rooms
- A kitchen
- A recreational room
- A gym
You don’t need to provide all of these things, and you’re not limited to these options either. Know what your team needs to do their job more effectively and invest in creating a workspace that’s going to help them get the best results.
Employees maximize their potential and stay with you for longer
With a happier, more productive workplace you’re going to help all of your employees maximize their potential. Which means you’re going to get the best out of staff individually and collectively, which is important for an efficient business. You’re also going to be able to hold onto your best staff for longer with job satisfaction at an all-time high and workplace morale giving them little reason to seek work somewhere else.
This means you’ll also be spending less time, money and resources on recruiting staff because you don’t need to replace important members of your team as often. The best employees are always the most difficult to replace, and there’s nothing more frustrating than employing someone who fails to do the job you need.
By successfully implementing a flexible workplace, you shouldn’t run into this often, and you’ll be able to attract a higher caliber candidate when you do have positions to fill – because people will want to become a part of your team.
Flexible working is all about creating a workplace that empowers your employees to get the best results and hit your business objectives more effectively. While this starts with office design, successfully implementing flexible working also means thinking about the collective and individual needs of your employees – both inside and outside the workplace.