When it comes to the workplace and especially telecommuting positions we often hear people talking excitedly about “flexibility”. But what does flexibility really mean for the employee, employer, and the business they are conducting?
Flexibility in the workplace refers to an employer who is willing to make changes to when, where, and how a person completes the work required from them. In the standard office environment, an employee is expected to arrive at the office at a certain time and work until a stated time with very little deviation. While many companies still enforce this rigid structure, other more progressive employers are experimenting with remote options and allowing more flexibility in work schedules. So far they are reaping the rewards.
What Flexibility Means To Employees
Flexible work situations are very inviting to employees. In fact, 37% of millennials have revealed that they would be willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible work schedules. But why is it so important to them?
Being able to report remotely for work and/or have flexible working hours sends a strong message to an employee. Instead of being treated like a robot, they feel they are being treated like a human being, a person with a life outside of work that also requires their attention. Inside of an inflexible structure, employees are often frowned upon for needing time to tend to their families, attend medical appointments, or run errands. This is sometimes even judged by close minded managers as a lack of commitment to the company.
Workers who are allowed to work remotely often report that the enhanced flexibility that they enjoy actually allows them to get more work done. This is the result of many factors including fewer distractions, but also less stress. Because when you know you have the power to adapt your schedule to get other things done, you’re no longer fretting over them when the time comes to work.
How Flexibility Benefits the Employer
While the worker enjoys many benefits that come with a remote work situation, so does the employer. It begins with the hiring process itself. Companies who offer work from home options are able to attract high-quality workers who may choose their company over others due to this attractive benefit. Employees with a telecommuting job also enjoy less stress, usually associated with commuting, office politics, and distractions. This low-stress environment often means that a company will be able to retain the employee for longer.
The ability to have more freedom in the way you structure your day just makes sense. We don’t all perform best during office hours, some of us are night owls, where others find they get the most done in the mornings. The ability to work around these natural rhythms as well as being able to attend to errands and responsibilities will not only reduce stress but also increase productivity. Of course, we are bound to feel more compelled to perform in a work from home position, as well, because we appreciate the fact that the company we work for sees us as a trustworthy human being.