To be successful, organisations need to be flexible and able to adapt to employees varied home or personal situations, flexible working now plays a major role in this. It is not a new concept, and many large organizations have adopted this practice over the years. Flexible working is all about offering employees choice around where and when they work, as long as their job can be done, whether this be flexible working hours, hot desking or working from home. The advances in technology and the digital world has made it easier to facilitate this, as more and more people are taking advantage of working with ‘cloud’ based technology.
The goal is to create an efficient and effective organisation based on motivated and productive individuals. The main difference being the shift from attendance, to results and performance.
Flexible working can also lead to cost efficiencies and in these challenging economic times, that must be a good thing.
Flexible working certainly requires a shift in corporate culture and this approach will not be suited to every company and employer. There is no one size fits all, therefore organizations that have embraced this have devised a system that suits them and many have found the leap of faith both productive and rewarding!