In the past, companies executed a one-size-fits-all philosophy to manage employees, and this was accepted as the norm — but it doesn’t work that way anymore. These days, top talent looks for an employer that is willing to compromise on things like work hours, paid time off, and remote work.
If your company practices strict workplace rules, you may want to consider implementing different workplace flexibility options for your team. Of course, flexibility means something different to each person, so survey your team to find out how they define it.
3 Potential Types of Flexibility
There are many different approaches to flexible working conditions, but these are three of the most popular options.
Flexible Working Hours
You may consider allowing employees to get a 40-hour workweek on their own terms. This may mean having four 10-hour days or working 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. instead of the standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., making it possible to achieve a true work-life balance.
Take Time off When Needed
Traditionally, companies give employees a set number of sick days, personal days, and vacation days each year, but sometimes people need a little more. You may show how much you trust your team by offering them unlimited paid time off, so they can take the trip to Europe they’ve always wanted to or stay home to care for a sick child without having to sacrifice precious vacation days.
Remote Working Conditions
Giving your employees the option to work remotely—at least sometimes—may be a win for both of you, as they’re still being productive, but they don’t have to actually come into the office. For example, this can be very helpful on days when people have a doctor’s appointment closer to their home than your office or during the winter when the roads aren’t safe for commuting.
At first, implementing these types of changes on your team may seem a bit frightening, but it’s something you may want to consider to remain competitive. Employees are very grateful to have increased flexibility, so you may see productivity and loyalty levels rise as you continue to give them freedom to fit work into their schedule.
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