Change is the new normal. And, we are all living into this together – organizations as well as those they employ. So, we’re taking a quick look at how both sides can increase their workplace flexibility.
First this, from the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College:
“Flexibility enables both individual and business needs to be met through making changes to the time (when), location (where) and manner (how) in which an employee works. Flexibility should be mutually beneficial to both the employer and employee and result in superior outcomes."
Among other statistics cited by Sloan:
“When asked about the importance of informal flexibility in terms of their intention to continue working at the company (Bristol-Myers Squibb), the response is resounding: 71% say that it is 'very important.'”
In a recent Huffington Post blog , author Rose Stanley examines 5 flexible workplace approaches, urging organizations to be creative when they consider their options. Where does your organization stand on these:
- Telework on an Ad-Hoc Basis
- Flex Time
- Part-Time Work
- Job Sharing
- Phased Return from Leave
But, what benefits accrue from such programs? Earlier this year, WorkplaceTrends.com, a membership portal for HR professionals, and CareerArc, a global recruitment and outplacement firm, published “2015 Workplace Flexibility Study.” Some of their findings:
- The biggest benefits that organizations realized from their work flex programs were: improved employee satisfaction (87%), increased productivity (71%), and talent retention (65%). 69% use their programs as a recruiting tool; 54% said their programs positively impacted recruiting.
Flexibility, as an organizational stance, is only part of the equation. Employees who are flexible do themselves a great service. According to America’s Job Exchange:
- Embracing change can expand your opportunities. Those employees who adapt to shifting priorities and organizational dynamics are a valuable asset – above and beyond their skills and experience.
- Being flexible makes you more responsive to change. The shifting dynamics of the workplace often require swift realignment of individuals and teams. Resilient employees are able to frame change more positively and respond with greater agility/less resistance.
The Holistic Performance Group can help you become more “change-friendly”. We build organizational and personal resiliency through training, coaching and assessments.