Life can be hectic at times and, with the demands of family, work and friends often pulling us in all manner of different directions, it can often be difficult to find a work life balance that works for you. This is why flexible working is becoming increasingly popular.
A flexible working arrangement allows employees to create a working schedule that supports their lifestyle, giving them a say over how, where and when they work.
This element of freedom has proven to have a huge impact on helping employees to find the perfect balance between work and play and has allowed busy families to spend much needed quality time with their children.
But what are the other benefits of flexible working?
More time for you
Did you know that the vast majority of working people in the UK spend approximately 200 hours a year commuting to and from their place of work? That’s an awful lot of time that you could be spending doing other things!
One of the main advantages of flexible working is that it allows you to work from home, saving you hours of commuting time.
Whether you travel by train, bus or car, travelling to and from work on a daily basis can be a costly business, especially during rush hour or peak times.
With flexible working, you can decide where and when you work, whether you spend half the week at home, or set your working hours so that you miss the morning and evening rush.
This level of flexibility has a huge impact on the mood and wellbeing of employees, particularly those that would usually have to face lengthy commutes to and from work.
Packed trains, grid locked roads and noisy working environments can instantly increase people’s stress levels!
And stress has been proven to have a huge impact on productivity in the work place. Flexible working not only takes a busy commute out of the equation, but it also gives employees the opportunity to escape the office and work from home, or from a destination of their choice.
And of course, being in control of how you manage your time can also help to ensure that everything gets done at a time that works for you, with fewer distractions.
Greater job satisfaction
Managing your own time and work load can lead to greater job satisfaction as it’s your responsibility to ensure that you get everything done and meet your objectives at the same time.
Technically, it’s like being your own boss as you are in charge of what you do and when you do it during your working day.
Playing to your strengths
We all have a certain time of the day when we are most productive and whether you are an early bird and prefer to get everything done in the morning, or it takes you a little while to feel your best, flexible working can do wonders for employee performance.