The discussion on flexible work arrangements usually revolves around the benefits for employees, but these working arrangements also provide significant benefits for employers.
Higher productivity and lower absenteeism are just two benefits employers can expect to see when they offer schedule flexibility to their employees. Consider the following.
A recent study from the University of Minnesota found employees with flexible work arrangements slept better, had more energy levels and were generally healthier than employees without these work arrangements.
When employees work somewhere that supports both their mental and physical health, they are more likely to feel good about their job situation.
Employers might think employees who can flex their schedules or work from home are more likely to goof off. However, research shows that work flexibility actually translates to higher productivity.
With happier staff members and a more trusting company culture, productivity will naturally rise. With a reduced or eliminated commute, employees have more “working hours” available to them, which means employees are better able to work when they can be most productive.
Having to juggle work and personal responsibilities are one of the most commonly cited challenges of today’s professionals. A flexible work arrangement establishes a situation that is better for employees to meet life’s demands, and if your employees are better able to meet their personal and professional responsibilities, they will be more capable of doing their best.
Often, employees decide to call in sick when they have to handle personal situations. Through flexible schedules, however, employees are better able to work around the various challenges that pop up in personal life. As opposed to taking paid time off, staff members can flex their time to accommodate unexpected illnesses or other situations, while still keeping up with work.
Furthermore, employees with a mild cold can stay at home and work, where they won’t spread their cold to others.
Obviously, employees who don’t have to commute to work physically can save a lot of money. But employers can also see significant savings. For employers, savings come from lower overhead due to less of a need for office space, supplies, equipment maintenance and other expenses. Also, having a satisfied workforce means lower turnover, which means lower hiring and training costs.
Many companies make an effort to cultivate trust and mutual respect among employees. With flexible work policies, an employer signals a significant amount of trust to its workers. Staff members feel more autonomous when given the freedom to work the way they choose to. In return, employers reap the benefits of having loyal staff members.
One benefit of high loyalty that should be of particular interest is a lower security risk. Employees who feel very loyal to their employers are more likely to be vigilant when it comes to security and less likely to do anything that damages the company.
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