Flexible working

Britons spend more time travelling to work than most European countries. Could flexible working be the answer?

This year, more than 1 in 4 of British workers will spend 90 minutes or more of their time on their way to and from work. On average, UK workers spend 1 hour and 36 minutes a day commuting. Not only does this detract from actual working time, it can also place a strain on personal lives according to a recent survey.

Workers who spend more time commuting are more likely to look for a new job

Research shows that there is a correlation between commute time and employee turnover. British employees who travel for 30 minutes or more each day are more likely to be actively looking for another job.

Flexible working could be part of the solution

Flexible working provisions vary between businesses, but the overarching principle is that you let your staff carry out their tasks from the comfort of their own space. They might do this once or twice a week, or it might be a more permanent solution.

It’s an approach that’s likely to be welcomed by those with caring responsibilities and let’s be honest here… Probably everyone else, too. After all, no one enjoys doing the commute, or being stuck in an office all day long.

As a business owner though, you’re likely to have a few concerns. Could it really work? Will it provide your staff with the temptation to sit twiddling their thumbs all day? Or it’s actually a wonderful way to give your staff what they really desire, utilise the benefits of modern technology and strengthen your reputation as a desirable employer who everyone wants to work for?

There’s no denying that there’s a lot to consider, if you’re to get it right.

You need to think about how you’ll make sure that team members are in communication, and they all understand their responsibilities and how they fit into the bigger picture. In some cases, you’ll also have to look at how you can ensure that everyone has the equipment they need.

Homeworking isn’t right for everyone. Some of your staff will crave face-to-face contact and will be able to imagine nothing worse than just staring at the same four walls all day, with only their dog for conversation. But it’s nearly 2019 and you can’t afford to stay stuck in the past. Fail to give your employees what they really crave, and they WILL start to look elsewhere regardless of how much they might enjoy their work.

The concept of a job for life is over and you have to work hard to win loyalty.

If you’re not looking at ways to bring more flexibility into your business, then you’re seriously missing a trick. It can be a difficult shift to manage but, get it right and it could work some real magic. Need help with planning your approach? Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation.