Making Work, Work in 2019

It’s already plain to see that the our traditional working paradigm is now shifting; sitting in an office from 9 to 5 is no longer the norm, and the rise of working from home opportunities is gaining more traction every year.

Is Flexible Working a New Option?

Flexible working options are no longer saved for the select few.  If you’re a little unfamiliar with this term, it’s essentially a way of working that typically suits the needs of the employee.  This can mean starting and finishing earlier or having the ability to work from home a couple of days a week. It’s important to remember that opting to work from home does not mean you will get less work completed, it is mainly about finding a working dynamic that works best for your current lifestyle.  

The benefit for implementing this type of working are certainly tangible and incredibly wide ranging.  Some companies that adopted flexible working early have seen increases in company profits, improved staff morale, higher levels of productivity and a positive impact on company reputation.

Flexi-Work and Recruitment

The flexible working dynamic also has a knock-on effect on recruitment.  Nowadays, employers looking to recruit new staff members have to be open-minded with regards to their approach to flexible working options as it can really make all the different when it comes to talent acquisition.  In fact, the vast majority of employees will now consider flexible working opportunities just as much as any salary expectations.

There is currently a huge push towards respecting the work-life balance, and if companies do not take this seriously, they risk losing some of their best talent.  This is especially true for working parents, along with millennials who see workplace culture as a huge deciding factor on where they want to work.

Rights to Flexible Working

While some companies may not actively offer flexible working opportunities as part of their recruitment process, it’s important to remember that after six months in a job, every employee in the UK has the right to request flexible working options.  Just remember, even if you request this, your company is not legally obliged to say yes to your request.

Even though some companies are likely to dig their heels, relying on the age-old arguments for not implementing flexible working structures, flex-working is on the rise.

Working Smarter

Flexible working is just one of the ways the modern workforce can work smarter, rather than harder.  This paradigm shift is being facilitated largely by the huge advancements in technology. With laptops and smartphones now easily accessible to everyone, employees can be online and contactable 24/7, no matter where you are in the world.  When you add the plethora of cutting-edge software to this, and it’s clear that professionals can easily remain connected to both colleagues and clients without needing to be physically present in the office.

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