What do Employees Want? Flexibility

calendar October 9, 2018

Every organization has its own unique structure, priorities, and requirements, but when is the last time you took a good, hard look at your approach to managing employees and their time? Are there some deeply ingrained ways of thinking that have lost their usefulness?

Like the 8:00 – 5:00 mentality, perhaps?

The new normal

Gone are the days of separating our work and personal lives. Modern technology allows- and often encourages- employees to check emails and take calls even when they’re not at work.

Associating productivity with fixed hours and desk time is quickly becoming an antiquated way of thinking. The idea that if you can’t see your employees, they must not be work no longer holds water.

One study revealed that 89% of millennials regularly check work email outside of business hours. And 77% of them believed flexible work hours would make them more productive.

Rigid schedules and office hours can cause staff to feel more monitored than motivated. If your company doesn’t require someone to be physically on-site during specific hours, consider giving up the clock-watching mindset and creating a policy that’s more dynamic.

Can flexibility breed productivity?

All signs point to yes.

Research shows that flexible scheduling options often correlate with higher workplace productivity and lower turnover.

If your top salesperson isn’t a morning person, why not let her start her day later? Chances are, she’ll be much more productive when she’s fully awake. Or maybe you have an employee who can’t seem to check off his own tasks because he’s always offering to help out his coworkers. Allowing that person to come in early and work distraction-free for a couple of hours could be a great solution for everyone.

As long as the work is getting done efficiently and well, who cares what time it happens? And if you do find the occasional person who really isn’t putting in the effort or getting things done, you’ll be able to figure it out based on results and address the issue accordingly.

But what if it doesn’t work?

Many employers are afraid to let go of their focus on set office hours and schedules. Unfortunately, their fears may be holding them back.

More and more employees are looking for increased flexibility in their work lives. They also want to work for companies with great cultures that include high levels of autonomy and trust. If you’re not offering these things, you’re going to be missing out on some serious talent.

Of course there are certain industries and organizations that rely on set schedules and coverage to make their businesses work. But if you’re not one of them, consider rethinking your strategy for managing employee work hours and schedules.

What’s more important?

Is it having people on site for specific intervals of time? Or is it having a great team of people who are consistently producing the results you need?

If results are what you’re looking for, start thinking about ways to build flexibility into your organization. Not only will you have an easier time attracting and retaining talent, you just might free up some of your own time as well.

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