The average employee in today’s workforce is constantly being pulled in two different directions. They feel overworked at least part of the time, and they struggle to balance work obligations and their personal and family lives. With the back-to-school season in full swing, it’s a great time to consider the benefits of working with your employees’ personal schedules rather than making them choose between work and family.
Productivity Increases With Flexibility
When employees are granted flex time, they are actually more productive than teams that are not afforded the same flexibility. There are a number of reasons why productivity increases. They range from a less stressed workforce to a greater sense of urgency while in the office. Regardless of the reasons why, working with your team’s personal schedules will benefit total output and profitability.
Your Employees Will Be Healthier
People who have children or who care for aging parents are more likely to come to work sick, since they save up their paid time off for emergencies. They are also more likely to get sick because they are stressed out and run down. According to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, flexible schedules allow employees to get more sleep and take better care of themselves which leads to fewer illnesses and faster recovery time when they do fall ill.
Flexibility Builds Trust Across the Board
Employees that feel pushed to use PTO to handle personal obligations often lie to their supervisors about where they are going and what they are doing. More often than not, those supervisors know they are being lied to. Flexibility breeds trust when employees have the freedom to be open about where they are going and what they are doing.
Flexible scheduling also increases the employees’ trust in the organization. When they are given the autonomy to decide which obligations to handle at any given moment, they will feel the company truly cares about their best interests and trusts their judgment.
The Company Will Save Money
Flexible scheduling saves the organization money by cultivating a team of healthy, happy and productive employees. The company also realizes cost savings in reduced turnover. Employees who work for companies that value their personal time and don’t make them choose between work and family are more loyal, which leads to reduced recruiting and training costs.
Widen Your Talent Pool
Parents, people who care for a sick or aging relatives, and people with other personal obligations are often limited in their choices when it comes to jobs. By providing flexibility, you open your door to talented candidates in your market who might not have otherwise applied, due to potential scheduling conflicts.
Need Help Finding a Workforce That Works For You?
If you are looking for innovative workforce management and staffing solutions that will help you reduce downtime, prevent bottlenecks and keep productivity and profitability high, contact the experts at Bonney Staffing Center, Inc. to learn how we can help you achieve your business goals.