- On February 9, 2021
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, flexible work has a whole new meaning as well as need. Flexible work has become of crucial importance and the wellbeing of employees is now the number one priority for all organizations and companies. Bill Gates once predicted that as competition for talent gets tougher, “companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge.”
No one was prepared for the shift from an in-office culture to remote work; those who couldn’t make the shift and ride the trend are the ones who greatly suffered.
It is no myth that working remotely, while enjoying some flexible work arrangements, allowed for great returns, such as increased productivity, as well as a better work-life balance.
But what really constitutes a flexible work culture and what are its benefits?
What is a flexible work culture?
A flexible work culture is a type of culture that encourages team members to connect with each other, regardless of when, where and how they work. Remote work doesn’t necessarily mean they have to work from home. It means employees can work from anywhere that makes them feel comfortable for work, be it a café or anywhere they’re at their most productive.
This flexible work culture allows employees to work at their own pace, avoid lost commuting hours and get rid of any in-office interruptions.
Not only can a flexible work culture be implemented remotely, it can be implemented in-office as well. But how?
Organizations that want to adopt and encourage a flexible work culture in-office can provide their employees with a myriad of benefits that will ensure employees are happier, more satisfied and thus, more productive. Such benefits can include flexible work hours, lenient dress codes, employee recognition programs as well as work from home policies, and so much more.
Benefits of adopting a flexible work culture
Flexible work cultures, when implemented correctly, can yield numerous benefits. To name just a few:
More productive teams
A happy team is a productive team. A study conducted on remote workers revealed that 86% of them believe they are as productive, or even more productive, working remotely in comparison to those who are in the office full-time.
Attracting the best caliber
Adopting a flexible work culture, especially in remote work, allows talent acquisition specialists to widen their talent pool as they are no longer restricted to a specific geographic location. This enables them to gather teams of the best caliber, thus working with stunning colleagues from different geographical areas.
Promoting more appropriate work hours
Unless employees have client meetings that are crucial to attend, flexible work cultures allow employees to work during the times they are at their most productive. Thus, night owls can start working a bit later in the day and early birds can start their day as early as possible. The only trick is, they have to understand that when it comes to meetings, be it company or client meetings, they can’t be late.
Eliminating commuting hours
There’s no doubt that most of us wake up early in the morning and take some time to get ready to go to work, then get stuck in the streets due to rush hours and traffic jams. Working remotely avoids just that, allowing employees to enjoy the benefit of waking up whenever, even if it’s 5 minutes before the meeting, thereby being more refreshed and energized, thus happier and more productive.
When employees are exposed to a flexible work culture, they develop the ability to be more self-managed. This enables them to prioritize goals as well as decide what must be done now, and what can be done later. This leads to a higher sense of responsibility which ultimately leads to a greater sense of ownership, as well as a sense of accountability that stimulates them to accomplish their goals and tasks.
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There is no doubt that a flexible work culture is the new norm. Organizations should know and understand its importance, as well as its returns if adopted and implemented correctly. It is a culture that millennials are now looking to work in and will attract them the most.
A flexible work culture can be implemented and tweaked for every organization and company based on the needs and desires of their employees. Therefore, it is really important to take the employees’ needs and desires into consideration when adopting such a culture.
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