More than ever, employees are looking for flexibility in the places they work. Over the past few years, a massive number of businesses have adopted either a hybrid, or a strictly work from home policy — allowing employees the freedom to choose how and where they work. According to Envoy’s Return to the Workplace Report, nearly half of the employees surveyed said they’d leave their job if their employers didn’t offer flexibility in the workplace going forward: a hybrid model that combines work-from-home and in-office work. Flexible organizations are often cited as having:
Companies who allow employees to decide when they work naturally allow for a much easier work-life balance. Allowing employees time for appointments, or to pick up a child from school is a major draw, and truly shows an employee that they’re trusted and appreciated.
Better Location Flexibility
Location flexibility has become a major requirement for employees. This study from 2021 Found that 64% of employees would prefer a permanent work-from-home situation over a $30K pay raise.
While it may seem counterintuitive, working remote can actually boost collaboration within the right team. Shifting to digital tools to encourage employees to collaborate and appreciate each other, and using tools like MyReward to encourage positive behaviours allows your team to feel closer than ever, even when they’re miles apart.
A Stronger Sense of Autonomy
Traditionally, most organizations believed their employees needed to be on-site to maintain productivity — not so, according to an April 2021 survey by The Conference Board. 60% of HR leaders reported that productivity increased in their organizations over the past year.
A Wider Range of Values
Flexible companies are more open to a wide range of values and opinions, unlike less flexible companies who may feel that it’s their leader’s job to present company values as ultimate truth. Understanding that each employee is guided by their own set of personal values leads to more motivated and invested employees.
It is no longer a matter of if your organization will become more flexible, it’s become a matter of how. With the incredible digital communication and collaboration tools available to employees, and with easy-to-use recognition tools like the MyReward platform, you can keep your employees motivated, collaborative, and most importantly, happy!