The Benefits of Implementing Flexible Working Hours In Your Business
Technology is transforming the world as we know it, and the workplace along with it.
Instead of being forced to work from their usual office cubicle, digital innovation (such as employee scheduling apps, employee engagement platform and more) has now made it possible for employees to work from home or from remote locations, and as a result, this has led to a rise in the demand for flexible working hours and a total shift in the traditional employer/employee relationship.
Think about it for a moment – if your manager told you that as of tomorrow, you would have the freedom to choose your own working hours (if you met the required number of hours you must work that week, along with your deadlines), how would that make you feel?
What kind of a difference would that make, not only in your own life but in the organisation that you work for? Let’s unpack some of these benefits and discuss some features of effective employee engagement- and employee scheduling app you could use to make flexible working hours a reality in your organisation.
A rise in employee health and morale
The first, and probably most obvious, advantage of implementing flexible working hours in your organisation would be that the employees are happier at work. This would be a result of flexible working hours allowing staff to have a better work-life balance, free up time in their schedule by arranging their working hours to be outside of rush hour traffic and to have a routine that works best for them with their families.
How would one be able to determine whether the morale, engagement and overall health of staff is indeed rising, once flexible working hours have been implemented? One way of doing so is by asking for employee feedback regarding these aspects, perhaps a week or so after flexible working hours are implemented, and results are starting to show. The Ezzely employee engagement app has an employee survey feature that will enable your employees to provide real-time and honest feedback. Learn more about it here.
It is not difficult to surmise what the effects of a healthier and happier workforce would be on the productivity of an organisation. Staff are well-rested, they can make time for the things that are important to them and chances are, as a result, when it is time to work, the quality and quantity of what is being produced are much higher than they would have been if flexible working hours were not introduced.
It is even possible to implement flexible working hours in jobs that require work to be done in shifts.
By organising shift swaps with one another, employees will be able to schedule their shifts during their most productive time frame.
One of the best ways of doing this is by using an effective employee scheduling app. The Shift Swap feature of the Ezzely app enables staff to communicate and to swap shifts effectively. Learn more about how it works here.
Some high performers will only be interested in opportunities that cater for flexible working hours.
It is the modern way of working and acts as a sign that the organisation is willing to adapt to the changing world of work to remain relevant. Offering flexible working hours would allow employers to recruit talented candidates who would otherwise have been out of their reach.
In addition to this, high performing employees would want to know when there are changes to work schedules and the availability of their colleagues, to plan their deliverables and timelines accordingly.
A good way of keeping track of shift swops and schedule changes would be by using an employee scheduling app, which will allow everyone in the organisation or team to get real-time updates.
One of the features of the Activity Feed of Ezzely is an employee scheduling app that notifies team members of any alterations in shifts or schedules. Click here to learn more about it.
Ready to enjoy the numerous benefits of implementing flexible working hours at your organisation?
Ezzely can provide you with the tools that will make implementation simple and effective.
Just click here to see how it works or sign up for a free trial here.