Workplace Flexibility: Benefits and Strategies

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Workplace Flexibility: Benefits and Strategies

  1. 1. Benefits and Strategies In today’s workforce, many office environments are moving away from the strict scheduling structure of the past and are leaning towards a progressive, flexible workplace. Increases efficiency. Recruits talented employees by creating an attractive workplace. Leads to a higher work commitment. Promotes workplace creativity and collaboration. Tips for Managing Take advantage of technology, as it enables workplace flexibility. Think outside the square, measure work in terms of output, not input (hours spent). Pay special attention to work “intensification” – it can affect employees’ health. Rethink traditional things like meeting attendance, as it may not always be possible with multiple colleagues working flexible hours. Perhaps a better alternative is document sharing. Remember, if you’re a manager and negotiating flexible hours with an employee, it’s likely you’re negotiating with their partner’s schedule, their day care centre, etc. Avoid classifying reasons for seeking flexible work. Doing so is likely to divide the workplace and make it more difficult for flexible arrangements to succeed. For more on workplace flexibility, see AIM’s whitepaper www.aim-nsw-act.com.au/managing-flexible-work-environment-white-paper Building BETTER MANAGERS AND BETTER LEADERS for a better society.

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