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Get More Flexible to Keep Employees Happy and Loyal

flexibility for employees

More and more companies are finding that one of the best ways to keep employees happy is to give them more flexibility when it comes to their work schedule.

The world of 9-5, 40 hours a week has come and gone in most industries. As we become increasingly more mobile in how we connect and communicate, being at your desk and punching the clock is not nearly as important as being productive and doing good work.

Offering flexibility to your teams shows you value work-life balance. It builds trust, respect and commitment with employees. And it shows you value diversity, as there are many needs for flexibility within different cultures and across generations (e.g., caring for a parent or child; traveling, volunteer commitments, etc.)

What’s the best way to offer flexibility for employees?

It can be formal or informal.

You don’t necessarily need to have a formal policy, but if it is informal it should be consistent across the board. It’s best not to offer it to just certain people or departments, especially if you’re unable to accommodate having an entire department work from home. In those cases, perhaps you offer flex-time. If people stay late some days and want to head out early on a Friday, let them.

In many cases, an employer has to meet compliance regulations and this is why you are being asked for certain information. Even if you work with a professional recruitment firm and are being submitted for a direct hire position you will have to go through both the process for the recruitment firm and the employer.

Today’s digital workplace supports it.

There is a ton of technology to support telecommuting from anywhere. Here’s a quick look at some basic technology for setting up a mobile office. If meetings are required, make them video meetings so all can participate.

Design an arrangement that works for everyone.

Flexible work arrangements can be the hours worked, job sharing, or the location where you work such as working from home. Determine what you are willing to offer and work with your employees on the specific arrangement. 

More importantly: support the flexibility! Create a flexible-friendly culture that embraces our mobile lifestyles. Don’t harp on face time in the office as being the only measure of an employee’s value, instead look at overall productivity. 

Chances are when people are given more flexibility, you’ll see more creativity and productivity from them. They’ll want to work harder for you and will be more loyal which could increase your retention rates and save you money in the long run. We can help you create a plan that’ll help your company get more flexible.  alaant workforce solutions

About the Author

Denise Anderson, Human Resources Operations at Alaant

Denise Anderson, Manager, Talent & Human Resource Operations

Denise loves helping people and organizations find their perfect fit —whether that is helping someone find a dream job or scoping out what role a company needs to fill and finding the right person for them. In her spare time, she likes to keep physically active and this year has competed in two sprint triathlons. Denise has 2 teenagers and has logged many miles over the years following them around the country to watch them compete in their sports events. When she is able to be at home on the weekends, she enjoys being on her boat, especially during the summer.

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