Accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing trend toward flexible scheduling – an employee’s ability to modify their work schedule as they see fit or work remotely over the internet.
Rather than being locked into the classic 9-to-5, on-premises workday, people with flexible schedules can break up their workday into different blocks of hours, work on a Saturday instead of a Friday, or spend half the day in the office and half the day working from home.
Flexible scheduling may sound like something that only benefits workers, but many companies are seeing the benefits of this working arrangement. If your company is currently debating the value of bringing people back into the workplace for a 9-to-5 workday, consider the following benefits of a flexible schedule.
1) Supports Productivity
Some companies that suddenly pressed their workforce into an all-remote situation braced for drop off in productivity. But that isn’t what typically happens.
Research has shown that remote workers typically aren’t less productive than on-premises workers. In fact, some studies show remote workers are actually more productive. Experts say a big factor behind remote work productivity is likely the ability to work when someone feels they can be most productive.
2) Better Employee Morale
High turnover can be costly, and one way to keep turnover to a minimum is to offer the ability to work remotely.
Employees will be happier if they can flex their work schedules around the demands of their personal life. They are also more prone to stick with a job that includes flexible scheduling because these prized jobs are somewhat uncommon.
3) Lower Absenteeism
Admit it: You’ve called in sick after a late night of watching sports or hanging out with friends. However, if you are able to flex your start time, possibly start your workday at 11 a.m. instead of 7 a.m., you are less likely to call in sick in this situation.
Flexible scheduling also allows employees to extend their weekend or work when they are feeling a just bit under the weather.
4) Better Recruitment
Many companies can’t or won’t offer flexible scheduling for their employees. Because employees tend to gravitate to jobs with flexibility, companies that offer them are in a better position to recruit top talent. In fact, surveys have shown that many people value flexibility more than a higher salary.
5) Lower Costs
On-premises employees require physical space, supplies, tools, electricity, water, heat, and various amenities. Remote employees, on the other hand, don’t have these needs. Some companies may need to provide computers or devices that can connect to a remote work server, but remote work can save on a lot of overhead even with that cost.
Also, with a better work-life balance, employees tend to be healthier, which can lower medical costs and absenteeism due to illness spread.
We Can Power Your Personnel Flexibility
At Nationwide Temporaries, we help our clients develop and sustain their flexible work initiatives. Please contact us today to find out how we can do the same for your company.