What exactly is a flexible workplace? It’s all about when, where and how people work.
The United States trails behind European countries that already provide employees with the right to request a flexible workplace. The U.S. government is, however, promoting flexibility—in particular telecommuting, as it cuts down on traffic and the need for office space.
On the other hand the U.S. took a major hit recently when Yahoo! suddenly pulled the plug on all telecommuting. (PC World, May 13, 2013)
Job sharing, telecommuting and other options
Flexibility in the workplace can be seen in three basic formats:
- Flex scheduling-utilizing nontraditional shifts and work weeks and workday hours.
- Flexibility in the number of hours worked-part-time, job sharing, seasonal or part-year employment, phased retirement etc.
- Flexibility in the location of work (work remotely, work from home).
The morale factor
One of the easiest ways to prevent job and career burnout and/or meet the needs of multi-tasking employees is a flexible workplace. It also enables employees to enter and exit the workforce for personal or educational reasons without losing ground.
The flexible workplace can also prevent one of the biggest reasons for turnover. Low morale.
The 2012 National Study of Employers (Family and Work Institute) found that “both employers and employees can benefit from effective and flexible workplaces. Employees benefit from having higher quality jobs and more supportive workplaces that are less likely to negatively affect their personal and family lives, while employers benefit from having more engaged employees, higher retention and potentially lower health care costs.”
How to make your case
Are you ready for a flexible workplace environment?
Don’t just ask for a flexible workplace. Give the situation complete due diligence. Show your employer how the benefits thorough documentation.
Information from successful companies can plead your case for you. An IBM Global Workplace Study shows that “Forward Thinkers have prioritized the flexible workplace and are now seeing a 20% jump in productivity and a 20% cost reduction.” You can download the survey here.
If the answer is no, then turn the situation around. Ask your employer what scenarios they might consider. Ask what you can do to initiate a change in policy. Remain on the offense, not the defense.
Flexible workplace isn’t a trend; it’s a necessary part of doing business in the current employment world.
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