Technology allows businesses to be flexible with their employees and still support the well being of the company. I have one client that is totally virtual and others that have a physical office and also hire talent from other states. The world is small and to meet the demands of business, flexibility allows you to enlarge your talent pool.
A flexible workplace also includes work hours and time off. In the US, there are no restrictions that states employees must get “x” amount of time off. Technology driven companies are leading the way with turning off the “paid time off” switch and allowing employees to take what they need as long as they get the work done.
I saw this post on HRMagazine.co.uk “The Future Of The Workplace Is Flexible” by CEO Flip Filipowski of SilkRoad. He expounds on the benefits of a flexible workplace.
Time is running out for employers who are not willing to be flexible when it comes to employee management, vacation and working hours.
Companies are concerned that they can’t manage their employees if they are not physically located in one location. Each business has their own structure and maybe not all employees can work from home, and you need to have employees working at a specific time to meet the demands of the customers, yet within those restrictions you can still find ways to create flexibility within your workplace. It’s about building a strong culture, one that is “employee friendly.”
Step back and see how you can start to build a flexible work environment. As Flip Filipowski stated, “…treat our employees with respect: they’re adults and deserve to be treated as such.” A flexible workplace supports that belief and most employees will return the respect with mutual respect for the company.