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Flexible Working Arrangements Helps Employees Balance Life with Work Responsibilities

Smart companies know that supporting their employees’ need for a work/life balance benefits the entire organization. Happy employees work better at completing tasks and their productivity goes directly to the bottom line. Labor costs also affect profits. Flexible work arrangements merge these factors into companies that serve employees and clients very well.

Why More Companies are Choosing This Alternative to Scheduling

Flexible work arrangements, also known as flextime, gives employees more freedom to choose their hours of work. They have greater latitude in changing their schedules based on personal needs. Under this type of arrangements, companies assign a core set of hours that employees must work within a given period. Employees choose to start and end times as long as they meet the standard hours.

Employers recognise that giving employees flexible arrangements helps to keep them motivated. Companies also save more from not having too many missed days when employees call out.

Use Flexible Working Arrangements to Meet Challenges

Department managers tasked with meeting strategic business goals may question whether flexible work arrangements help. Keeping this program relevant to employees’ needs and wants can minimize challenges.

Implementing flexible work schedules should occur consistently to avoid creating a disparate environment where one group feels they are being treated unfairly. This may occur unexpectedly if some employees do not take full advantage of the program.

For instance, an employee with children or elderly parents may use flexible work hours more than an employee who does not have children or an ailing parent. It is important for that employee to know they can still take advantage of the program.

Another way to deal with possible challenges is clearly communicating the benefits of the program.

Benefits of Having Flexible Work Arrangements

There are numerous benefits to having flexible work arrangements. Both employers and employees will find this program can:

• Enhance morale
• Boost productivity
• Improve employee retention
• Reduce absenteeism
• Manage attendance
• Assist with recruitment efforts
• Create a work/life balance

Flexible work arrangements offer plenty of benefits. It can reduce the stress employees feel when meeting family obligations. Companies can add another benefit to attract new talent and remain competitive. Improving job satisfaction and hiring the best in a particular industry may also create a strong company culture. This creates a flexible – and bright – future for companies.