Flexible Working

Pros

  • A recent survey conducted found that nearly half of employees valued flexibility over financial bonuses. Employers benefit from motivated and hardworking employees; the happier employees are, the more they are likely to apply themselves to their role and achieve results.
  • Employers who do offer flexible working find that there are fewer chances of employees being absent, increasing the overall productivity of their workforce.
  • It contributes to the employer brand. It demonstrates that they care about employees work / life balance and that they trust employees enough to give them freedom.
  • Flexible work schedules indirectly encourage recruitment of skilled in-demand employees who want to work for a business that gives freedom to its employees. In fact, when job searching many candidates are put off by employers who do not adopt flexibility.

Cons

  • Certain employees may fail to give hundred percent when working at home. Some employees may abuse the privilege to work less.
  • To take leave on a particular day, the employee will work hard for many hours on the previous or later days to make up for it and this in turn hampers their work to a considerable extent.
  • A home atmosphere is completely different from work and some employees are simply not suited to working in a home environment and end up producing poor results.
  • When only select employees are offered flexible working, this may cause resentment amongst other employees.
  • Some professions do have a culture of long hours and being seen at the desk until late may be a career move in certain organisations.

Overall, if properly managed and not abused, flexibility can work in the favour of both employees and employers. The key to successful flexible working lies in finding the perfect balance and managing time effectively.