Flexible working arrangements, means being able to offer your team more flexibility within the entire working environment.
Here are just some of the ways top leaders are embracing and offering flexible working arrangements for their teams:
Offering flexible work hours: This means allowing start and end times to be flexible and adaptable to the team members outside of work activities and responsibilities. For example, going to the gym before work, or taking the children to school/daycare. Offering flexible start and end times gives your team members more balance and provides value and in turn produces higher retention and happier team members.
Working remotely: Due to the advancements in technology and applications, there is an incredible ability for team members to work at different sites across multiple locations, therefore being able to build deeper relationships with a broader range of steak-holders.
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I’ve recently engaged with some of Queensland’s top leaders to discuss what they’re doing within their organisations regarding flexible work arrangements. Now, flexible work arrangements aren’t just part-time or job share scenarios. It’s about being able to offer your staff more flexibility within the environment, so that really has to do with start times, finish times, and where they can work from. So let’s have a look at a couple of points that they shared with me in particular.
Now, the first one is actually about flexible work hours. Many of us have activities outside of work that we need to do first thing in the morning. Many of us like cycling, or going to the gym, so if we’re able to get that started at the beginning of our day, commence our day a little bit later, and then finish a little bit later, it leaves us in a great situation to get that balance. Of course, many other of us have children that we need to pick up, either in the morning or the afternoon. So if we can arrange these hours to be able to fit in these extra activities, we’re being able to offer our staff more balance. And this is offering more value. We’re getting more retention and more quality work from them as well because that’s what balance equals.
Now the other thing that they’ve been able to give me some insight into is the advancement in technology that’s actually been able to offer us the opportunity to work more remotely. Now, this remoteness allows our staff to be able to work from home a couple of days a week, which is great. But one thing that our leaders really gave us some insight into was the ability for their staff to work at different sites, across their organisation. So not always just going into Brisbane CBD or one of their other sites, but to work across multiple sites, allowing them to gain deeper relationships with a broader range of their stakeholders.
Look, there were some great conversations, and I’d like to share some of the other learnings from that, all you need to do is reach out to me at KingstonHumanCapital.com.au.