Working from home
Remote workers - even those who only spend part of their week working remotely - are more productive, as well as reporting higher job satisfaction and engagement with their role than their office-based counterparts. Despite this, remote staff often end up clocking more working hours than those who are office-based.
The nine-to-five work pattern might be the norm, but that doesn’t mean it’s the most productive. A recent study by BT shows that “the absentee rate among flexible workers is down 63% and is now 20% below the UK average.” So offering part-time or variable hours as an option can be of great benefit to your business, as well as your employees. The hours staff opt to work each week can vary or they can be fixed, according to the nature of their role and your business.
Creating a role that two employees share can be useful for the business because two brains are, inevitably, better than one. It will be easier to solve any problems a role throws up if the employees sharing responsibility for it are able to bring different but complementary experiences and insights to the task at hand.
The Harvard Business Review suggests that it’s partly the collaborative aspect of job sharing that makes it so effective. When it comes to picking the right job-share partner, it recommends choosing “someone with whom you can easily communicate, collaborate, and disagree. These arrangements often require difficult conversations about prioritising work, office politics and personal matters so you want to be sure you pick someone compatible.”
Compressed hours, or varied start/finish times
Offering the option for employees to start or finish earlier or later than their colleagues - or compress their working hours into fewer days each week - can help to lower stress and prevent burnout. Given that mental illness is now more common than back pain in the workplace, it’s useful to know that psychological stress can be eased by allowing staff to adjust their working week to fit in with their lifestyle and personal responsibilities.
If you’d like to learn more about how flexible working could benefit you, get in touch with us today.