Increase Workplace Performance6 Jan, 2014
Jessica Talbot, of leading Midwest dealership Des Plaines Office Equipment (DPOE) waxes on the traditional workday and how you can improve it. According to Jessica:
The traditional workday may soon be a thing of the past, with the time clock going the way of the typewriter and Dictaphone. The standard 8-hour shift is giving way to more unconventional schedules thanks to flexible hours.
Work-life balance is perhaps more important than ever to people, and employers have taken note. According to the 2012 National Study of Employers, more companies are trying to accommodate their employees’ work-life needs. The study revealed that 77 percent of companies polled now permit or encourage flextime. Smart businesses know they have to respect this balance and offer flexible work hours to attract and keep quality employees. A study by Telework Research Network found that 72 percent of employees say flexible work arrangements would cause them to choose one job over another.
While this may come as a surprise to most employers, flexible hours can lead to an increase in productivity and revenue. How? Flexibility breeds motivation – showing employees you trust them increases loyalty, energy, and efficiency, as they feel they are respected by management. And many people provided flexible schedules will actually work more hours than they would in a structured environment.
A 2012 study by Regis found that 72 percent of businesses surveyed report that increased productivity is a direct result of flexible working practices, and 68 percent of firms declare that flexible working has led to their staff generating increased revenue.
In addition, employees provided a flexible work schedule are more relaxed. According to Telework Research Network, stress is two times greater for employees who do not have flexible work options than those who do. We all know that stress can prohibit people from maximizing efficiency and productivity.
It won’t eliminate under-performing employees, but flexible hours won’t be the cause of their slacking. These people would not be productive regardless of the work environment they were in; structure plays a small role in productivity.
While they obviously won’t work for every business, for those they do, flexible hours can lead to increases in satisfaction, engagement, and most important, productivity of your staff.
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