The modern-day office is barely just a building these days. With the boom of internet technologies, companies can start and grow on a global scale from the comfort of their home. There is also a newfound importance on the aspect of experiencing things in life.
If you think about the product or service your company offers, how hard do you try to design and sell a brand experience over the product itself? How many of your marketing efforts are focused on providing a life-changing experience for the customer? Even in the form of steak knives with ergonomically designed handles, for example.
Everything being produced by this world is focused on creating an experience. And while work may not seem like something that should be a luxury experience, that’s kind of where it’s going at the moment.
What does it mean to have flexible work schedules?
Flexible work schedules cater to the employee. This may be in the form of time-based flexibility, location-based flexibility or a combination of the two. What flexible work schedules are not, are excuses for employees to slack and fool around during office hours.
If you look at time-based flexibility, this usually allows for employees to choose a start and end time that suits their home schedules. For example, employees who have children may choose to start work slightly later in order to do the school rush in the morning or start earlier in order to do the afternoon rush. Other companies may offer their employees the option of choosing the days they work as well. For example, taking Friday off and making up for it on Sunday. Flexible hours make it easier for employees to find a work/life balance, which makes them happier people to be around.
Then there are location-based flexibility options that allow employees to choose their location of work. Should they not be able to come into the office every day of the week, employers may offer the option of working from home for those days and having a minimum amount of days where presence in the office is required. This is extremely helpful for parents or employees who struggle with a far commute.
Now that you know what some flexible work schedules entail, why should your company consider it? Here are some things for the human resource managers to think. After all, they are the ones who need to be concerned with the wellbeing of the company’s employees.
An attractive asset in recruitment
When it comes to hiring new employees (or even retaining current employees, for that matter), flexible work schedules are an attractive asset on any job advertisement. And all the millennials are on the lookout for a job that will provide them with a great experience, both in the office and after work hours.
By offering flexible work hours, the company stands a better chance at recruiting the best talent out there to build up a dream team of employees. HR should make it clear during the recruitment process what the flexible work schedules entail and find out how the potential employee’s position can be accommodated to their personal schedules.