Flexible working: A Series (Part Three) Benefits vs. Risks for Employers

Written by Zoe Cresswell
Last updated December 15, 2021

If you are an employer in the UK looking for a way to keep your employees happy, then flexible working is an option you should consider. Flexible working allows employers to offer more options and better work-life balance for their staff members. This article will look at some advantages employers can gain from offering flexible working. We will explore why employers should consider implementing flexible working into their company culture! 

Benefits:

More Productive employees 

When employees can work flexibly, they often become more productive. This is because they are not restricted to certain hours or specific tasks that need to be completed by a certain time. They can complete their work in a way that best suits them and allows for better concentration. 

Higher retention rates 

If employers can offer flexible working options, they are likely to have higher retention rates. This is because employees feel valued and know that their employers care about them as individuals. They will be less tempted by other employers who can offer different types of work-life balance. 

Satisfied workforce 

Employees who have access to flexible working are generally more satisfied with their jobs. This is because they feel that their employers care about them and their work-life balance. A satisfied workforce works more efficiently and to a higher quality than an unsatisfied workforce, so make sure to try and keep your employees happy! 

Increased Creativity 

When employers give their employees the freedom to work how they want, it can increase creativity. This is because employees are less restricted and have more opportunities for teamwork among colleagues or can allow themselves more time on specific projects. Working in places other than an office will also allow staff the freedom to work in places that inspire them. 

Easier recruitment process 

Allowing flexible working options in your jobs ads will make them stand out from other employers competing for the same talent pool of applicants. If employers can offer flexible working options, it will make them more appealing, and employers can attract the best talent in their industry. 

Risks:

Increased costs 

There may be a chance of an increase in costs for companies who offer flexible working as they may need to provide equipment or software that allows their employees to work remotely if they are offering options to telecommute or work from home. 

Risk of less productivity 

The success of flexible working within your company largely depends on your employees as individuals. If employees are not productive outside of the office, then this could be a problem for employers. Some workers need rigid structure and discipline to work effectively, which flexible working does not offer. 

Tougher to keep track 

When employers offer flexible working options, it can be challenging to keep track of what employees are doing and where they are. This can mean that employers may need to invest more time and resources into monitoring their staff members who work remotely, which could become costly over time. 

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Last Updated: Thursday December 30 2021
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