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Managing flexible working in a fixed office

Wednesday 20th November 2019

Have a fixed office and want to implement flexible working? Read on for tips on how to balance flexibility with a secure location…

No matter what kind of business you have, flexible working can be an effective way of improving workforce morale and attracting new talent.
As flexible working becomes more the norm than the exception, more companies are looking to offer options for working in and out of the office to improve productivity. Read on for some ideas on how you can implement it in your office…

Offer flexible working hours.

One of the leading perks potential employees look for in a new job is flexible working hours. Whether it’s part time, reduced hours or a non-standard working pattern (such as working in shifts), having the opportunity to choose working hours suited to individual lifestyles can be really attractive to a prospective hire. With suitable coordination, offering flexible working hours doesn’t have to be complicated, and might even rejuvenate productivity.

Offer remote working opportunities.

One of the best perks a workplace can offer is remote working. Days spent working from home can be productive, as employees are away from the hustle and bustle of the office and often reap the energy benefits of avoiding the commute. This can work particularly well for employees with dependants or long journeys to work, and can be a welcome perk that makes employees feel positive about the business.

Improve your technological connections.

One of the main concerns from businesses over flexible working is about productivity being maintained while an employee works at home, or to a different schedule. The best way to resolve this fear is to have excellent technology in place to keep the office connected and on top of all work. With endless apps, software and devices, such as Skype and Slack, designed specifically for an office that’s flexible, there’s no excuse for productivity to slacken.

Make a cultural change.

Sometimes, those who work more flexibly can be viewed negatively by the rest of the workforce. Improve office morale by actively encouraging your staff to take advantage of flexible working, and to ensure that there’s still communication between all members of the team. Just because someone isn’t physically in the office all the time, doesn’t mean that they can’t be part of the team – organise meetup events and social gatherings to get everyone together occasionally.

Offer minor changes to all. 

Rather than making the choice between drastically flexible hours, remote working and staying in the office, why not offer slightly flexible start and end times? If someone arrives late due to traffic issues, or would prefer to start early, giving them that minor flexibility is minimally disruptive to standard office life, but can make a big difference in terms of morale.

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Posted by: Becky Cheall

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