How to embrace flexible working practices
According to Work Wise UK, which promotes ‘smarter’ working practices through campaigns including Work Wise Week and National Work from Home Day, the likes of flexible, remote and mobile working can boost productivity and increase work-life balance.
Here are some tips to bear in mind when introducing more flexibility into your workplace.
Whilst a more flexible approach to work can really benefit employees with children, be it utilising technology to enable remote working when staff have matters to deal with at home or compressing the number of working hours across fewer days, such initiatives shouldn’t just be geared to staff members with families.
According to Investors In People, making work-life balance incentives accessible and relevant to all can “encourage everyone to lead an active and fulfilling life that can boost morale, attitudes and behaviour across the board”.
More flexible working hours are believed to enhance productivity as staff see a greater value in ‘work time’ as opposed to viewing 9am until 5pm as the hours they must be in the office.
Ensure your team has the ability to manage their own time effectively and work towards goals and objectives.
Training may also be required to enable staff to comfortably use necessary technology for workplace flexibility.
Focus on outcomes
Government advice on ‘smart’ and more flexible working suggests a need to focus management on results and outcomes as opposed to the presence of staff.
In order to achieve success whilst working in this way, teams need to work openly and collaboratively by sharing schedules, being supportive of each other and letting others know where or when they are working.
Members of the team should always be clear on the structure of working, and their goals and objectives, and the way people are working must always be challenged to ensure it is continuously productive and right for the business.