As we approach 2020, we can see there is one trend that has not stopped being talked about… flexible work options. Today in the Unites States, we have nearly two thirds of our workforce working remotely, and we see that doubling by the year 2025. With the ever talked about tight labor market, companies now offer flexible options, whether that be fully remote, flexible work hours, part time remote, etc. This allows companies to have an advantage and makes them seem more desirable.
Some companies have reservations about allowing their employees to have flexible work options. However, there have been some positive impacts:
Healthier Work Life: Remote, flexible workers tend to be very loyal and happier employees. By allowing your employees to work remotely or with a flexible schedule gives them time for personal relationships and outside hobbies. When you don’t give your employees the ability to have a life outside the office, that can create a somewhat toxic environment which could bring down production.
Productivity: This is talked about a lot. When your employees are happy, they will be more productive. By providing options such as remote work, you take away office distractions and create a quiet environment to work. This gets the job done faster. Plus, your workers are not wasting time commuting, which also provides more time to get their tasks completed.
Finding a job that has flexible work options is becoming easier and easier. As a business owner, it is important for you to understand the positives and not focus on the negatives. A lot of owners will have reservations about letting employees work in a non-traditional way as they think they will be less productive. However, 52% of workers say they get more done by working from home with fewer distractions.
Estimates say 72% of employees feel that work options have curtailed turnover in the workplace. The benefits are enormous, and you will want to make this a priority goal for 2020.