Benefits of Flexible Working for the Candidate AND Employer

Flexible work is no longer something for only gig workers or freelancers—many “traditional” employers are offering flexible schedules to their employees as well.

As an employer, you might be hesitant to offer flexible scheduling to your staff.

While it’s true that employees benefit from flexible schedules, smart employers know that offering flexible schedules benefits them, too.

So, what are the benefits of flexible working for the candidate, and the employer?

1. Improves Retention

Allowing your existing employees to work flexible schedules can help you retain valuable staff. Without a doubt, flexible schedules are one of the most important perks employees want from their employers.

2. Attracts Top Talent

Given that many job seekers are more interested in a flexible schedule than other perks, and that flexible work benefits companies as much as it does employees, it stands to reason that offering flexible schedules can help you recruit more top tier talent.

3. Improves Diversity

If you’re limiting your candidate pool to a single location (or even a few locations), you’ll have a narrower group of candidates. And if you’re in a homogenous locale, your workforce is likely to become less diverse. Even if you pay for relocation, you’re asking candidates to be part of a less diverse community, which could be a turn-off and cause you to miss out.

4. Increases Productivity

One of the reasons employers often won’t allow staff to work flexibly is that they think if they can’t keep a watchful eye on their employees, they won’t work. However, working flexibly can actually increase employee productivity.

5. Improves Employee Engagement

Engaged employees are those who understand what their role is and how what they do contributes to the company’s success. One of the ways companies creates a culture of engagement is by creating a workplace that empowers and respects employees.

6. Provides a Cost-Efficient and Eco-Friendly Choice

Flexible schedules not only save both employee and employer money, but they also have a positive impact on the environment, too, and help support the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Employees with flexible schedules may not have to commute to the office every day. This saves them money on commuting expenses, work clothing, and eating lunch out every day. Employers save money on their overhead costs. They can rent a smaller office and use less electricity and water.

The Work World Is Changing

Given all the ways that COVID-19 has changed and is still changing the world, it is entirely possible that the pandemic is a tipping point for flexible work.

Families have learned that flexible work can help them balance work and home life. And, employees have found that working at home has its benefits, including the ability to be productive. Employers have also learned that allowing flexible work keeps their company going in the face of an ongoing emergency.

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