Four Key Tips to Make Flexible Working Arrangements Succeed

Sep 21, 2016

Enterprise Apps Tech | Andy Nolan

Organisations are increasingly under pressure to help improve work/life balance for their employees. Following the introduction of the flexible working legislation in the UK that came into place two years ago, a number of businesses are starting to realise the benefits of offering flexible working options. Benefits include happier, and ultimately more productive employees. While younger members of a team may prioritise better work-life balance, more experienced employees might be driven by flexibility to accommodate family responsibilities.

Recent statistics have clearly demonstrated the benefits that flexible working can bring to an organisation, and their employees. According to the Institute of Leadership and Management, 84% of managers who have implemented flexible working schedules in the UK have seen improvements in productivity, commitment and retention of staff. Consulting firm Accenture surveyed its employees and 80% of respondents stated their flexible work benefit made them more likely to stay with the company.

For the employee, 79% of employees would like to work from home and 36% would choose a work-from-home option over a pay raise. A happier employee makes for a more engaged and productive workforce.