The rise of flexible working; the proof is in the commute
The rise of flexible working has brought a lot of visible changes to our working days. Whether it impacts you directly, as someone who practices flexible working yourself, or as a manager of a flexible team, or if you simply see it from day to day in the office.
The most common form of flexible working is the one adopted by working parents. They start a little later or finish a little earlier in order to accommodate the school run, or to best balance their work and home life.
And it works great!
Our colleague Emma recently wrote a blog around the topic; what it’s really like to be a full time, flexible working mum. You can check it out here.
A study done by Timewise found that 63% of full time employees already work flexibly in some way, and 92% of young workers already work flexibly or express a desire to do so.
That gives you a real flavour for just how popular flexible working is becoming to the wider workforce. And why not?
Increased flexibility allows for better health, better life balance, and the freedom to bring work and home together in a more harmonious way, which can only be a good thing.
Workers who have adopted the flexible approach, report seeing significant increases in their productivity levels, happiness and overall work satisfaction.
Similarly, the evidence of flexible working becoming more commonplace is everywhere.
If you still commute into an office on a Monday, the traffic can be a nightmare and commuting can take an age. Yet, make the same journey on a Thursday or Friday and you will see a drastic difference.
A client of ours reported how, as more of their employees are choosing to work flexibly on a Thursday and Friday, they have noticed the significant difference between the beginning and end of the week.
On a Monday, they have to fight for a parking space, the canteen is rammed and they can’t book a hotdesk or meeting room at all. On a Friday, the exact opposite happens.
The car park is empty, the canteen is silent and there is a choice of hotdesks or meeting rooms as the office feels almost vacant.
Because of this, those who do have to come into the office find their commute much smoother and their day less impacted by an office full of people. Moreover, the work doesn’t suffer because all those flexible colleagues are still reachable, via the wonders of technology.
It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Flexible working provides huge benefits that cannot be denied, allowing companies to adopt a more relaxed routine to their working days. The rigid era of the 9-5 shift is coming irrevocably to an end.
Continued advancements into technology and the importance of health and wellbeing will only encourage companies to embrace flexible working even more into the future.
Does your company offer and encourage flexible working? Are you a flexible worker, or would you perhaps like to be? What’s holding you back?
If you feel like your company needs a bit of persuading, you can check out our other blog “The benefits of flexible working for businesses” if you need some help convincing them.