One of the most prominent UK employment trends at the moment is flexible working, and it’s not just a trend spearheaded by mothers. Flexible working experts Timewise discovered that 87% of the UK workforce is either currently working flexibly or wishes to do so.
Isn’t flexible working just for mums?
Flexible working benefits employees hugely as they are able to keep up with daily tasks such as raising a family or keeping fit. And it’s not just mums who want to work flexibly – Timewise revealed that 84% of men in the UK work flexibly or wish to, compared to 91% of women. This represents how popular flexible working is among the vast majority of the UK workforce, regardless of gender or parental responsibility.
What is required for flexible working to function?
Although not necessarily a new concept, flexible working has taken off in the last couple of years throughout the UK in large part due to technological innovations. One of the most important foundations necessary for flexible working is a solid bridge of trust. The employer must trust their employee to work effectively outside of the office and be responsible with the amount of freedom given to them. On the other hand the employee must prove that they can in fact work productively out of the office and around their own schedule in order to maintain the trust balance between them and their employer.
How do employers benefit from a flexible workforce?
For the employer there are also several benefits of flexible working. This includes the use of several online platforms where their flexible working staff can be managed and tasks distributed effectively without the need for physical meetings. Making use of video platforms or other tools of connectivity is a great way of keeping all flexible workers in the loop despite conflicting schedules. Moreover, with staff working flexibly out-of-office the costs of running an office space are also reduced as less desks and resources are required.
To remain competitive in the recruitment industry, offering flexible working contracts to employees is increasingly popular and is a trend which is likely to progress.