In this day and age, and with the technology that we have around us, it makes being able to work flexibly easier than ever before. And regardless of your personal circumstances, flexible working can work for everyone and can even help with productivity too. But if you as an employer aren’t implementing flexible working in the right way, then it really can hinder what you’re able to do, and could leave you with some frustrated employees. So in order to implement something in the right way, here are some tips for businesses that want to introduce flexible working, but want to make sure that there is no loss of productivity or massive spend to get there.
Make a Plan
For some people in the office or departments in a business, flexible working can be really tricky for them. Some client-facing roles will need to still be doing that, rather than using technology like Skype for meetings. Even people like the IT department may need to always be on-site in case of an emergency. So determine what departments will be able to work flexibly and which wouldn’t be ideal to. It is better to decide first, rather than just let people work from home and see how it goes.
Communication is Key
When flex is introduced, it really helps to have clear and open communication about what you expect, as well as what they should be doing. It also helps if there are other ways to keep team communication open too when some of them are out of the office. It could be that you use something like Yammer as a messenger service so you can all stay in touch with one another. You could also look into getting your own virtual private server to host your business and employee logins, so that you have greater control of it, and can create the services that you need specifically.
Flexible working can be misunderstood for a number of reasons. And one can be that it is misunderstood right from the top of the business. If management aren’t sure what it going on, then how will employees know to understand more about flexible working? They need to be trained to see the benefits of it, as well as how to manage a team that do work flexibly. Using technology is really key, and making sure that they are open to conference calls, emails, and regular meetings will mean that they can still manage their team, even if they don’t see them face to face all of the time.
Won’t Work For Everyone
There are some employees that you have that might in theory get flexible working and like the idea of it. Yet when it comes to it, they find it a struggle. It isn’t going to work for everyone; some will thrive with it. But as long as they are being managed well a employees, you can still have some that work flexibly and some that don’t. There is no need to stop the programme just because it doesn’t work for everyone.