2 min read | 25 May, 2016 By Melissa Jones
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Flexible working takes on many forms including part-time working, job shares, working from home and flexitime. It is no secret that the working world is edging ever closer towards flexible working with 72% of UK office workers now believing that the traditional fixed workplace is no longer relevant. A lot has been discussed surrounding how this benefits employers, but why do your employees love you for offering them the chance to work flexibly?
69% of employees say that flexible working is critical in easing work-place stress. Simple things like removing the ordeal of having to commute just once a week, saving your employee hours in traffic or packed like a sardine on the train, reduces stress levels.
Equally, allowing your employees to be in control of their time lessens the need for them to cram their workload into strict office opening hours. 5% of workers say that working nine-to-five makes them stressed so giving them some leeway on working hours releases the pressure on them to work to such a strict time limit which can often stifle creativity.
One thing so many of us know if we work the traditional 9-5 is that it’s a nightmare just to do the following:
These are only a few examples of things that become a hassle when you work full time, 9-5, Monday to Friday, but honestly, they really shouldn’t be, should they? If an employee is ill and requires a doctor or hospital appointment, do you really want to add to their stress by making it difficult for them to attend?
Increased flexibility gives your employees the chance to reconcile their professional, private and family lives. By allowing your employees to handle these duties without any added pressure from their boss makes a big difference. What is more, by actively encouraging that this practice is accepted within your business, your employees will only repay you with increased productivity as a way to show their appreciation.
Researchers at Cranfield University found that employees who worked remotely one day a week reported higher job satisfaction, reduced stress and felt a stronger loyalty to their employer compared to their counterparts who didn’t have flexible hours. Flexible working in this way means that employees work more intensely resulting in higher productivity and output.
Reduced stress and better management of work/life responsibilities result in not only improved job satisfaction but is also linked to accelerated career progression, suggests findings from a survey by the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute.
Of those surveyed, respondents that make use of flexible working opportunities have had two or more promotions over the past five years, 33% against 24% respectively, than those who don’t use the benefits available to them.
More than a quarter (26%) of companies offer flexible working initiatives to all of their employees, however, the majority of British workers (55%) are still required to work from an office during designated hours. The benefits that flexible working provides staff, reduced stress, improved work/life balance and higher job satisfaction, all inevitably result in positively impacting the business overall.