In these odd years, we are living in, most of the people started working from their homes, and they liked it. Тhe pandemic taught us many things that are why having a flexible workplace has begun to be a significant advantage.
Pros and cons of flexible workplace
There are some advantages of the flexible workplace for the company like :
- More happy employees, which results in happier employers
- More desire for work, which could lead to more profits
- Having that in the company resume would mean that this is a company more people would like to work for
A flexible workplace means that the employees can:
- Make a plan of their workday
- Make a schedule
- Choose the place they would like to work from
But it can also mean :
- Working the same amount of hours for 4 days, instead of the normal 5
- Everyone is remote, and the work-energy in your home is not the same as in an office
- Part-time work
- Temporary employment
- Looking for a job to make some extra money
Advantages for the employees are the key to retention.
Giving an employee this kind of “freedom” could only lead to benefits for the employer – more work done in less time, not getting into stressful situations, a higher chance that the employer will keep the employee, etc. Of course, both sides should know the limit of flexible working and the employer should require the employee to work certain hours, for example, in order to get the job done before the last minute, but all that depends on the company and its policy.
Being flexible may lead to:
Doing your best performance – Not everyone is performing great in the morning. Most of the time going to the office from 9 to 5 is annoying, people are still sleepy in the office and they do not think about work, which means that these minutes or maybe hours are lost and the work is not done properly.
- People with flexible work can choose to do their job in the hours they know they are most productive – there are some that do the work at night. But also, these employees can choose the place in which they feel comfortable, also leading to a higher productivity rate.
- A chance – Companies that have flexible working schedules are more open for people who don’t have the opportunity to go and work in an office – parents of little children looking after them would be more eased to work from their home rather than going to an office.
- Building trust in both employer and employee – When employees feel that the employer has trust in them, they will try to do their best, not to let him down.
- Being happy with your job – Not all of the employees are there for the high income. There are some that love their job, no matter the income. Giving a person who loves his job the freedom to manage his own working hours and places may only result in them being in the company for many years more.
Not all jobs can be flexible, but for those who can but still haven’t tried – having faith in your employees and giving them the chance to work from home and manage their own hours may bring only positives.