Are businesses shifting away from corporate culture?

It seems that businesses are edging further and further away from the cubicle-style, long hour working environments. An innovative idea by an 1800’s business owner saw the beginning of a shift towards more flexible working patterns – and it was discovered that this resulted in happier and more productive workers. For many global and small, local businesses, employees working 9-5 days and limited to working at the same desk are becoming a thing of the past.

Flexible working

It’s become common knowledge that different employees thrive at varying times of day. Whilst some are much more productive in the morning, others are better at concentrating in the evenings. Adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to working hours rarely works for everybody – so many employers have turned to allowing employees to choose their working hours – provided they keep clients happy and stick to the contracted number of hours.

Flexible working also applies to location. It can be highly beneficial to the productivity and motivation of workers to allow them to work from wherever they feel most comfortable, and gain the most inspiration. Sitting at the same desk throughout the working day can lead to dips in creativity for some; so allowing employees to work from different stations – or even from home occasionally – can do wonders.

Encouraging exercise

Office workers know all too well the struggles of trying to incorporate exercise into the working day. Going to the gym before or after work is not always an available option for some; nevertheless, getting exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. In order to accommodate this, many employers (who are financially able) have made the choice to incorporate a gym on-site, so that employees can use their breaks to gain exercise. Alternatively, if having an on-site gym is not an option, encouraging employees to exercise by making discounted memberships part of your employee programme is a great idea.

A shorter working week

Having a shorter working week has become a popular option for some, and does not mean that work has to be negatively affected. Whether you choose to change your working week to four days, or simply finish a few hours earlier on a Friday, this will instil a heightened sense of motivation amongst the workforce and make that work/life balance a little easier.

Flexibility and versatility are becoming all the more integral amongst modern workplaces, with the corporate culture becoming somewhat diluted. However, it’s widely known that happy employees make for a more productive workforce – which, in turn, is highly beneficial to the business.

If you’re looking to shift towards a more flexible way of working, contact one of our HR advisers here to discover how you can make this work for your business.

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