As your workforce continues to change, you will no longer be able to ignore workplace flexibility. Statistics show that workers now average 47 hours per week and that 64 percent of managers expect their employees to be available outside of their normal work schedule; i.e., on their personal time. This is leading to employee burnout. Employees say they are considering leaving organizations that do not offer flexibility.
With technological advances such as laptops, smart phones, and video conferencing, the need to be in a physical office to effectively communicate and do one’s job has decreased significantly. The rise of technology has also drastically blurred the boundaries between employees’ work and personal lives.
Not every flexible option works for every organization and every employee. Leaders should focus on the rationale and benefits of workplace flexibility, weigh a variety of options, address possible issues, clearly outline guidelines or expectations, and evaluate how it’s working or how it could be better. Workplace flexibility policies themselves should flex with the times.