The working world is rapidly changing around us.
Increasingly, employees are becoming aware of how, where and when they can work in the most effective way, and they want to change their working lives to suit this.
As such, it is falling to employers to adapt and put new policies in place, in order to foster a more flexible working culture and meet the demands of future employees.
It is important to acknowledge however, that flexible working will only really be successful if it is available to everyone, allowing anyone to use and adopt a flexible working pattern within their organisation.
Moving away from the traditional, 9-5 working pattern might seem like a huge, and uncertain step, but the benefits of embracing a flexible culture for both employees and for your business are huge.
We wrote about the specific business benefits that come when flexible working is embraced in another blog. You can check it out here.
There is an increasing demand from employees around the globe to have more time in their lives for personal development and pursuing interests and commitments outside of work.
A study done by Timewise found that 87% of all full time employees either already work flexibly or have said that they want to.
Today’s workforce is increasingly made up of multiple generations; from Gen X who may be edging into raising children to the baby boomers who are looking to ease into their retirement.
Adopting a flexible working culture allows businesses to manage and successfully support multiple needs like this, giving their employees autonomy over their work-life balance.
Meeting these diverse needs is incredibly important, not just for the welfare and overall happiness of employees, but also, because it has a direct impact on retention.
Employees are the driving force of any company, and by allowing them greater control over their work-life balance, it creates a culture of value and trust.
A valued employee is more engaged, efficient, productive, present and loyal. By sticking rigidly to the traditional working pattern, businesses can be at risk of losing this talent, but by implementing a flexible working culture, businesses may find that their retention levels rise.
In order to retain however, you must first attract. Businesses offering a flexible working culture have found that it helps appeal to the top talent in the first place.
A survey by the International Workplace Group found that 83% of people around the world said that they would choose a job with flexibility over one without. What business wouldn’t want that kind of advantage when recruiting?
We are moving into a new era of working that has been gradually building over the years and before long flexible working will be the norm.
There will be a home-working office in every home, co-working spaces will be the norm as large businesses make more use of them and the environmental impact will be massive as the amount of travel by cars and planes will reduce significantly.
It could be that before long, we will exist in a world where it never crosses our minds about when, how or even where we work. That future is closer than you think.
What are your thoughts? Do you foresee a future where flexible working will be the new norm?
Or do you think traditional work patterns still have their place in our routines?