Flexible working brings benefits to both employers and employees. Flexible working arrangements might mean letting people start or finish later, or work from home for some of the time. It's about giving people more freedom and a greater sense of autonomy over how, where and when they work.
For employees, flexible working arrangements allow them to fit in other commitments such as childcare or caring for elderly or disabled relatives. When employees have commitments outside of work and don't have the time to attend them, they bring the stress that creates back to the office. Giving them space to juggle the two as they see fit reduces that anxiety and makes them feel valued.
Employees who are offered flexible working are always happier in their jobs, whether they take it up or not. That means they're more likely to be loyal to your organisation, because jobs with a good work-life balance are highly prized.
For employers, giving staff the option of flexible working reduces staff turnover rates. It also helps reduce lateness and absenteeism, plus boosting morale. Happy employees are more productive, so far from reducing output, flexible working can actually increase it.
Finally, it enhances the company image as a family-friendly organisation, because flexible working is often seen as one of the most attractive perks of any job. You're more likely to attract and keep the best talent if flexi-time is available to them.
Flexible working arrangements work both ways, so it's a win-win situation for both employers and employees. Offer flexible working and you may find you save money and have a happier workforce.
Employees can fit in other commitments
Employees are happier and more loyal
Turnover rates are reduced
You lower absenteeism
You enhance your company image