CapitalOne released the results of its second Work Environment Survey on July 31, 2018. Professionals were asked their thoughts on workplace design and environment as it relates to their productivity, innovation and collaboration with colleagues. The results supported flexible work schedules.

Flexible Work Schedules

  • “73% of workers say a flexible schedule is in their top two reasons to stay with a company.”
  • “58% of workers say flexible hours is the number one thing that they expect from their next employer.”

What does this mean for your organization?

It is time to consider new options for your workforce if your organization does not offer flexible work schedules or flexible hours to employees (or only does so on an exception basis). Your existing employees prefer it and future employees expect it.

There are many options for implementing a flexible schedule at your organization and could include elements such as:

  • Flexibility with core hours. You expect all employees to be available during your core hours (e.g., 10am to 2pm MST) every work day, but they have the freedom to establish the rest of their schedule as desired. For example, some employees may work 7am to 3pm, others may work 10am to 6pm and others may work 10am to 2pm and 10pm to 2am.
  • Compressed work week. You expect all employees to work longer days in exchange for regular days off. Many organizations offer this as a summer perk and allow their employees every second Friday off by reducing the length of lunch breaks.
  • 100% flexibility. You expect all employees to work their planned number of hours (e.g., 40) each week, but it does not matter when they work. Day, night, compressed, spread out, etc.

If your organization already offers flexible schedules and/or flexible hours to employees, keep it up! The survey data supports these types of programs.

What are some of the considerations?

Like many things, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to implementing flexible work options for your workforce. You many want to consider the following:

  • Do the positions lend themselves to flexibility? For example, an office with lots of foot traffic may want someone physically in the office at all times during the work day or a customer service role might require availability during the customer’s core hours.
  • What are the local labour laws? For example, is an employee entitled to overtime if she or he decides to compress their 40-hour work week into three days?
  • What additional skills will the supervisors, managers, and other leaders require to adjust to flexible schedules of their staff? Will this increase their workload?
  • Will your employees require any additional technology to support communication or collaboration if they are not all on the same work schedule?

How can we help?

Work Evolution is Canada’s flexible work expert. We offer our clients the following services:

  1. Flexible Work Programs. We work with organizations to define, implement, and measure flexible work programs that support their objectives and culture.
  2. Recruitment Solutions. We recruit and hire talented professionals for flexible work roles.
  3. Workshops and Seminars. We are passionate about flexible work and share what we know. We provide workshops and seminars for an organization’s staff, managers, or human resources team.

Please contact us today if you are interested in learning more about how we can help your organization.

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