COVID-19 is taking over every part of “normal” life – including work.
With the hope of maintaining “normality”, many employees are working from home (WFH). In fact, 88% of us have been encouraged to do so. We’re all adjusting to the fact you can do your Zoom meeting from bed, type from your couch, or throw on a load of washing in between emails. The real question is, are we ready for this workplace flexibility revolution? And how will this look once COVID-19 has ended?
Flexible working conditions include working from home, starting later and finishing later, or, starting earlier and finishing earlier.
Before losing you to a lot of stats, these are the top benefits of flexible working conditions for both employees and businesses.
Loyalty & staff retention
Everyone wants to feel appreciated and feel like they are contributing something. Rewarding loyalty creates more loyalty. 28% of employees say flexible working conditions are a key factor for work retention.
One-quarter of employees say they are more productive when working at home because it means they have more time to pursue hobbies. This doesn’t mean your employee, Karen, is out playing football at 2pm. Instead, she’s saved the 75-minute commute, meaning she can get to her training on time, at 5.30pm.
Employees save dollar bills on their commute, lunch expenses and buying their third coffee from the overly priced barista beside the office. Businesses save money on all office-related expenses including rent. In fact, a WFH employee can save a company close to $18,000.
Contrary to what some employers may think, having flexible working arrangements boosts morale. If Owen had to start early to leave early on Tuesday for his baby sonogram, he comes in with the good news of a healthy baby girl to his colleagues to brighten their Wednesday hump day.
Still not convinced? Here are our top tips for creating a flexible work environment for you and your employees.
Dongle, Dongle, Dongle!
Internet and connectivity can cause many issues for those working from home. Having Dongle ready to use at home is the simplest solution to make sure everyone stays connected.
“How do you turn off the potato filter on zoom?”
We’re not all internet pros and tech-savvy (#spudboss) so there are plenty of resources to share with your team so they’re up to speed. Learning Zoom, Learning BlueJeans, Learning Skype and Microsoft Teams Tips & Tricks.
Creating a team calendar means you can easily keep on top of your team’s flexible work arrangements. If there’s an important meeting where you need everyone to attend, you can easily let everyone know with enough time by updating the calendar.
With WFH the reality for the foreseeable future, the need for flexible working conditions will soon become the new norm. Employers and employees just need to find the right balance to enjoy a flexible, new-age working environment together.