Flexible working will continue to be encouraged in 2019. A PowWowNow survey revealed that 30% of the respondents taking part would choose flexible working hours over a pay rise. Out of the respondents who commute to work a staggering 66% felt stress or anxiety on a weekly basis. Flexible working has benefits and drawbacks for both employer and employee:

 

Benefits for employees

  • Less time commuting – therefore reducing stress levels
  • Better home life balance – team members can work around their own schedule
  • Lower expenditure – save money on travel, lunches and childcare
  • Increased feelings of personal control
  • Reduces the chance of employee burnout

 

Drawbacks for employees

  • Some employees work better in a structured environment
  • Employees may not have the correct set up to work from home resulting in injury or pains
  • The distinction between home and work may be lost resulting in increased stress levels and burnout
  • Varied work hours can also result in poor team communication resulting in a hindrance of team goals being met

 

Benefits for employers

  • Increased employee morale – employees feel more in control of their workload and therefore feel empowered
  • Better staff retention flexible working can be used to adapt to the needs of the business as well as employees
  • Employees work when they feel the ‘freshest’ – meaning team members are more productive during their chosen working hours
  • The business is seen as a more desirable and family-friendly workplace – higher quality applicants for job openings

 

Drawbacks for employers

  • Some managers struggle with the shift of working style – especially if they are micromanagers
  • Some clients will not appreciate flexible working especially if they want to get hold of an individual who is not working ‘standard’ 9-5 hrs.
  • Some team members may take advantage of flexible working as an opportunity to do household chores or look after the children instead of paying for childcare
  • Team orientated departments need to have physical meetings

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