Today’s tip for creating a great place to work is flexibility.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. Tony Robbins
Flexibility at work is a necessity for employees and employers, alike. Streamlined workforces, shifts in technology and a changing market are just a few reasons why flexibility is the new norm for many organizations. While your company may not have a formal set of rules for a flexible workplace, there are many advantages to be gained by taking on a flexible attitude – and approach, when it comes to your job.
Advantages of Being Flexible – from the Employee’s Perspective
Embracing change can expand your opportunities. Employees who are able to adapt to shifting priorities are considered a valuable asset – above and beyond their skills and experience. Being able to adjust to shifts in organizational dynamics is necessary today.
Being flexible can help you strike work/life balance. Working remotely means that the lines between work–time and personal–time have blurred. Rather than resist this change, embrace it. While you may need to be flexible and respond to emails during your evening hours, you can also use this flexibility to your advantage. Personal needs – once relegated to weekends alone – can be addressed more easily since we are always connected, in and outside of the office.
Being flexible will make you more responsive to change. The shifting dynamics of the workplace means that you need to adapt and respond to change, quickly.
Advantages of Begin Flexible – from the Employer’s Perspective
Being flexible signals that you value diversity in the workplace. Diversification of the workplace is the new norm. Differing cultures, religions, and employee needs mean that today’s employer must accommodate diversity when it comes to working, thinking and interacting with others.
Flexibility is a good management decision. Managers need to adapt to day-to-day shifts in workplace schedules – employee personal issues, an unexpected influx of work and more.
Being flexible is a win-win. Being flexible with your employees is good for business. It builds employee trust and commitment, helps attract and keep key talent, as well as drives everyone to find solutions that work for all those involved.
Why do employers want flexible employees?
Employers need flexible workers as they need staff who can adapt to new work situations and changing circumstances. Most businesses will face periods of difficulties and will need a workforce who can perform under pressure in roles that might not be the best fit for their skills.
Flexible employees are also useful for when a company is short-staffed or needs to restructure – the more skills and areas in which you can work or provide cover, the more likely an employer is to hire you.
How can you show an employer that you are flexible?
It’s not enough to simply say in an interview that you are adaptable. Anyone can do that. It’s vital to show examples. Some good ways of demonstrating your flexibility include:
- Working in a part-time job while studying
- Living in a foreign country
- Fundraising for a charity event
- Dealing with a short deadline at school/college/university
How is flexibility used in the world of work?
Flexibility at work is all about adapting yourself to a changing environment. You need to show a willingness to learn new techniques and take on new roles through your own initiative.
Flexibility is also about covering for other members of staff when they are ill or a project is struggling or failing, occasionally putting in extra hours to get things done and being resourceful and positive even when things aren’t working well.
Benefits for Both Employers and Employees
Loyalty. What is one thing that would make you more devoted to your current employer?
- Working remotely
- Telecommuting some of the time
- Part-time or freelance work or
- An alternative work schedule.
It’s a win-win for employees and employers.
Quality of life.
What would positively impact your quality of life?
Working a job with a flexible work schedule:
- would lower stress levels
- would make them more healthy.
If you really needed to complete a project, where would you work?
- Avoid the office for important tasks
- Work from home
Additional reasons to want to work away from the office:
- Minimizes office politics
- reduces stress associated from commuting
- working from a home office is more comfortable