Could flexible working patterns increase productivity levels?

We’re well into the 21st century, and the days of being confined to boxed-in cubicles in the workplace are filtering out. In an age where employee health and wellbeing is becoming a priority for employers, it seems that allowing workers to choose their hours and working location is helping to boost levels of productivity.

Although flexible working is on the increase, not all employers are in favour. Some believe that it will reduce productivity, whilst others fear that employees will abuse the privilege. However, studies have shown that employees who are allowed to work flexibly actually have higher productivity levels than those who are confined to the same desk between the usual 9-5 hours.

The increase of flexible working can partly be attributed to today’s generation of young workers. Many young people are now driven by access to the internet and online presence. Employers, consequently, have had to adapt their working environments accordingly – especially if they want to meet the demands of and attract young talent. Young workers are leaving university having spent several years in a modern establishment, that’s up-to-date with technology and has given them freedom to work when and where they wish. Offering flexible working options really helps to attract young individuals, and it seems that this is the way forward for many businesses. 

Trying to balance full-time work with personal commitments can be a real challenge, since most of our waking hours from Monday to Friday are spent at the office. Allowing employees to work from home when they need to helps to eliminate a number of issues; from long daily commutes, to attending family commitments. The long working week can feel overwhelming for many, so allowing employees to work the hours that they feel most productive caters to individual needs. This can boost morale and work performance, and in turn, increase productivity.

Allowing employees to work flexibly has also been shown to lower sickness and unauthorised absence rates, since employees are better able to look after their wellbeing. Not only does flexible working improve productivity and overall mood, it also provides employees with the opportunity to exercise during the day time, and makes them more likely to prepare healthy meals and avoid convenience foods, ultimately leading to improved health.

The benefits that flexible working provides to employees makes it a worthwhile addition to your business. To discuss how you can incorporate this into your workplace, speak to a member of our team here.

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