“It is so difficult these days to find good help,” used to be an adage that managers would utter with a sigh. Yet what happens if it is not the quality of the employee but the mediocrity of the workplace that results in the status quo? In response to this question, the creation of the flexible workplace now seeks to tap into the potential and talent of each employee.
Understanding the Breadth of Flexibility
You choose how flexible you want your business to be. A flexible workplace is not an all or nothing decision. If telecommuting full or part-time is a viable option, employees have an easier time balancing work and life. Doing so results in the formation of a partnership with your workers rather than a traditional employee-employer relationship. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation cites data that attributes workplace flexibility to a workforce that exceeds expectations.
Employees like it and will work harder and be more engaged to using all their skills and talents to maintain a flexible Workplace. You can choose to offer part-time or full-time flexibility depending on your preferences. Another option is a schedule that allows for flexible start and end times as well as condensed workweeks. You decide what works for you. Start out small then grow the program as you see success.
Realizing the Savings
Since you are no longer limited to a local labor force, you now have the option of actively recruiting employees based on talent. With today’s technology is does not matter where they reside. Whether it is in your area or across the country, these remote professionals easily add value to your organization. Of course, you also save money in the process.
- Development costs. When hiring qualified workers who do not need to be trained in the basics, you save money on the training process.
- Office costs. From IT savings over office supplies to office space, you save money because you do not have to equip an office or cubicle for every worker. Those who come into the office part-time or on staggered schedules may share work spaces.
- Spatial restructuring. Leasing a new office space with the creation of co-working areas and shared office spaces in mind increases your likelihood of finding suitable accommodations in business hubs. Working with a tenant representative to evaluate potential savings is an excellent first step and may help to overcome objections from members of the management team.
Realizing the Benefits to You
In addition to pleasing employees, a flexible workplace is also an agile one. With no long term commitment to house remote employees, or even if you use some sort of office hotel program to schedule employee time in the office, you will have the flexibility to grow or contract as business need dictate. It is a win-win.
Contact us today to get help in finding a flexible workplace for your company.