Flexible workplace policies are a must for companies who want to attract and retain their best talent. Traditional eight hour work days in a single office can lead working parents to leave the workforce, and flexible working is the solution to this ongoing issue.
Even more, flexible working has been found to increase productivity, reduce carbon footprint, improve employee morale and could decrease turnover rates. So how can a company transition into adopting a flexible work culture?
Using virtual conferencing tools is a great first step. Tools such as Google Hangouts, Zoom or Skype allow employees to continue communicating with one another no matter where they are located.
Collaboration software, such as Slack, Teams and Basecamp, can also help make team projects seamless for everyone involved.
Although there are numerous ways to communicate with colleagues, sometimes opting for a phone call can make delivering information easier and reduce the amount of lengthy back-and-forth.
Even when working flexibly or remotely, remember that community matters. Engaging in more personable conversation can create a sense of togetherness and bring together a distributed workforce.