Due to current demographic, social and technological changes in the todays society, employees’ expectation to look for flexibility at work place have increased. This is mostly due to the rise of women in the work force, dual earner household and changes in values of generation Y employees.
What is work place flexibility
Work place flexibility refers to the demand for the employer to provid benefits that permit employees some level of control over when and where they work outside of the standard workday.
Here are 3 main advantages of work place flexibility
1. Employee Satisfaction
Employees and their positive contribution towards the growth of the business is key to its success.
Studies suggest that workplace flexibility influences intention to stay with the organization and employees' job satisfaction. Further the ability to balance work and family demands is associated with employee engagement, retention, better mental health and resilience, greater productivity and effectiveness, higher levels of job satisfaction.
Therefore, providing workplace flexibility gives your employees satisfaction thereby doing a better job towards the achievement of your organizational goals.
2. Encourages the female workforce
Women in the working force face difficulty in managing work and family life balance. Workplace flexibility makes balancing family life and work easier for women, encouraging them to be able to progress into upper management position.
3. Resource management
Giving employees the opportunity to work remotely helps in the reduction of travel time and everyday expenditure. The time not spent commuting by employees could be translated into more time spent on work, which explains the productivity gains by the business.
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