Workplace flexibility is an often underappreciated asset among executives. Workers are increasingly demanding their bosses be less rigid in the way they manage their time and this has resulted in a paradigm shift in the world of human resources.
But is your workplace flexible enough? Are you giving your employees the fluidity they need to be able to balance their home lives and be in the right frame of mind to complete their tasks on time and to a high standard without sacrificing their family?
If the answer to this is a maybe or a no, why not look at our quick tips and see if they could improve your workers’ happiness?
Days off for religious holidays
The UK is becoming a more diverse holiday, with more personnel practicing and abiding to the tenets of different religions. With this in mind, it hardly makes sense to force people to work when they have festivities – such as Eid and Diwali – as these are often their most important days of the year.
If these staff members are forced to work through their holidays, they may feel isolated from their community and families, something that could result in a lowered rate of retention and poor morale.
Employee benefits, including health care, cycle to work schemes and supermarket discounts, could really help you to improve the lives of your personnel.
The importance of staff benefits, such as those offered by third-party providers like You at Work, should not be underestimated and therefore it is vital you consider your options and ensure your workers are getting the rewards that they really want.
For example, if your office is located in a rural area and your personnel generally commutes in via train or car, it is unlikely a cycle to work scheme will be popular as the distance to your place of work is too great then it will simply be left unused.
But if you have a number of workers aged over 40 years old, then it’s a good idea to consider health screening as people in this group are at higher risk of developing problematic medical conditions, but are rarely able to find the time to get a doctors appointment and have essential diagnostic tests done.
One of the greatest advances in the way offices work in recent years is remote working. Cloud computing and faster internet speeds mean that employees are no longer tied to their normal in-house setting if they need to be at home.
For example, whereas previously an ill child would have meant a lost day of work for a mum or dad, parents now have the chance to complete some of their duties – albeit at a reduced capacity – while taking care of their youngster at their house.
But a number of companies aren’t taking the chance to utilise this convenience because of the archaic view that remote workers will slack off and not get anything done because they are in a more casual setting.
It has been proven this is untrue and most of the biggest corporations in the world – from Ford to Microsoft – have large numbers of home-based employees to rely upon for the completion of important tasks.