Flexibility in the workplace is no longer a unique amenity — it is a necessity for many young professionals when seeking out a job due to its numerous benefits. In fact, a Stanford study showed a 13% increase in productivity to those who were given the option to work from home and 77% of professionals say flexible working has improved their work-life balance.
To implement flexible working arrangements, identifying the type of flexibility employees want is the first step. Taking a survey of employees’ needs will allow managers to have an idea of which policies will work best for the company.
Providing remote workers with the proper IT tools to operate outside of the office is vital to make sure each employee is equipped to have a productive workday from their remote desk.
Remote working can also feel isolating or left out, so utilizing team collaboration and video conferencing platforms can allow them to feel connected with their team.
HR leaders should also emphasize flexible work and its benefits in their organization when recruiting new talent or applying retention strategies.
Ensuring that office managers are properly trained to handle and coordinate with remote workers can also help flexible policies reach their full potential.