Flexible Working Arrangements
Over the years, there has been a tremendous amount of talk about offering employees flexible working arrangements. In 2015, the government implemented changes to flexible working arrangements
, with the aim reflecting modern lifestyles and improving people’s participation in the labour market. Yet across the four surveys carried out by Diversity Works NZ
in 2016/17, wellbeing / wellness and flexibility have been consistently identified as the two most important diversity issues,
seemingly signifying that access to such arrangements are still limited.
Implementing Flexible Working Arrangements
Generally speaking, flexible work arrangements
affords employees the opportunity to create a work schedule that may differ from the traditional work week. Now, while some business may view flexible work arrangements as a difficult practice to carry out, it’s important to note that the benefits are known to outweigh the initial nuances of implementation.
There is a school of thought that challenges employers to consider the following questions:
Do you pay your staff to be present? Or,
Do you pay them for the work they do?
As we find ourselves moving deeper into the age of digitisation, realising a remote workforce - or at the very least, a workforce afforded such flexibilities - becomes considerably easier. Advances in technology means that staff are able to perform their tasks in real time, whether it is done remotely or otherwise.
Top 5 Reasons Employers Should Consider Flexible Working Arrangements
1- By giving your employees the opportunity to schedule their own work and decide on their work environment, you are giving them a sense of control, which is important.
2- Flexible working arrangements means that staff can take breaks when they need it most, and not because it is an imposed schedule. This can effectively reduce staff burnout.
3- Increased performance and productivity. Employees granted flexible working arrangements are likely to be more productive than others, as they are able to work according to their biological clocks rather than having to be at work at a certain place and time. It’s a simple fact that some people work best in the morning, and others, perhaps later in the day. Flexible working arrangements also gives staff more time to do what they need to do instead of wasting it on the hassles of traffic and commutes.
4- Happier Employees. When people are able to schedule their work and personal lives according to their needs, employees tend to be more satisfied. Rather than missing work because of a child who is sick, for example; working parents can see to both their work and personal responsibilities without having to choose between the two. People are happier when they are not made to choose between their personal and work lives.
5- Talent Attraction and Staff Retention - Many employees feel that being given the opportunity of flexible working arrangements as a sign that they are important to the company. The sense of being valued at work increases staff retention. Of the same accord, job seekers who value flexible working arrangements tend to actively seek employers who support work-life balance.
The Johnson Group
At The Johnson Group, our consultants are fortunate to work with a number of clients and employers who support candidates’ needs for flexible working arrangements. Get in touch to speak with one of our consultants by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.