Flexible working has come a long way in recent years and is now a key element of the employee value proposition of an employer of choice.

Top candidates expect more from their next workplace; people are looking for career development and a great culture, over and above just a salary increase.

Australian employers can’t all offer the utopian 6 hour day recently introduced in Sweden, however, the consideration given to employees life beyond work is a key factor in attraction, engagement, and retention.

Indeed the concept of what constitutes the need for flexibility has continued to evolve; examples such as Deloitte introducing paid leave for elder caregiving which reflects our ageing population and the range of responsibilities that the workforce has outside of the office.

It is now easier than ever for employers to offer flexible working and done well can lead to increased engagement and efficiency. Flexibility offers the opportunity for business to attract and retain the best talent in the market who for whatever reason are not looking for a standard 9 am to 5 pm office-based role. Examples such as Telstra considering all roles on a flexible basis shows that this has become the expectation and, increasingly, the norm.

Flexible working can create a happier, healthier and more engaged workforce, but it must be done well to avoid potential pitfalls.

Top benefits of offering flexible working can be:

  • Opportunity to appeal to a wider talent pool and consider employees who want or need to access flexible work arrangements
  • A more engaged workforce with improved retention of top talent
  • Increased rates of productivity achieved more efficiently, therefore improving the bottom line
  • A boost to employee well-being and their continued motivation

Important considerations in establishing flexible working:

  • Managing performance across full-time, part-time and remote working employees
  • Ensuring flexible working is seen as being applied fairly and available to everyone as business requirements allow
  • Building the companyÔÇÖs culture when not all employees work together all the time
  • Undocumented flexible work arrangements can expose employers to liability for injuries that occur while employees work from home

Flexible working has great benefits to the employer and the employee but it must be implemented well and overseen in order to ensure that these benefits are maximised to create a more positive and productive workforce and can position your organisation as a true employer of choice.

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