Why Now Is the Time to Embrace Flexible Working

Written on Monday, 04 June 2018

Flexible working hours have become great saviours for many employees looking to strike a balance between work and their personal lives. 2014 gave all employees the right to request flexible hours, provided it's discussed in depth with management.

pexels-photo-630839

Image source: rawpixel.com

What are flexible working hours?

There are multiple types of flexible working hours that a company can get on board with; these include:

Job sharing – this is when one job role is done by two people, meaning their workload is halved. It allows employees to work more efficiently and figure out where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

Working from home – this may not actually be your home but anywhere out of the office – a coffee shop, at the park – wherever is best suited to you.

Compressed hours – this works for those who prefer to have more days off a week. The idea is you work extra hours each day to work fewer days in a week.

Flexitime – the employee chooses to start earlier and finish earlier or, alternatively, start later and finish later, meaning they still work core hours but can choose when.

Flexible working is rapidly becoming very popular in the workplace, since the focus on employees and their needs are becoming a priority.

What are the benefits?

Childcare is not only expensive, but having to make the choice to leave children in the care of others is a big deal, especially for new mothers. Flexible working hours give employees control over when they work, making responsibilities such as dropping off and picking up kids from school, extracurricular activities and everyday house chores a little easier.

Flexible working hours also help those who have a longer commute, allowing them to miss the rush hour traffic and start work later.

As much as this is convenient for employees, it is beneficial for the employer, too. It can improve productivity as employees are not only working more convenient hours, but working more efficiently during their hours at work.

Do you think your employees would benefit from flexible working hours? Tweet us @OregaOffices.

 

flexible working, flexibility, work-life balance, workplace trends, trends, industry insights

Our recent posts

28 Jan

Although Valentine’s Day brings up images of romance, this can also be a great day for you to let your team know how much you appreciate them. We’ve put together our 5 favourite ideas on how you can spread the love to your employees this.

Read More
22 Jan

We're delighted to announce our second signed deal for this year with Aberdeen Standard Investments in Stockley Park, Uxbridge - just after last weeks' announcement of Orega Leeds!

Read More
17 Jan

Wondering what it's like to be based at Orega Birmingham? Let us introduce you to our team and find out what they have to say.

Read More
16 Jan

After a successful year in 2018 with the opening of 4 new centres, we’re delighted to announce the secured deal with landlord EPIC at St. Paul’s House in Leeds!

Read More
10 Jan

After a boozy holiday season, most of us will be thankful for the short break in drinking that has become so popular. We decided to take a closer look at all the benefits of going dry in January and why you might just feel so good, you’ll want to.

Read More

Drop Us A Line