According to recent research by ILM, more than half of workers feel trapped by the rigid structure of their workplace. A whopping 74% said that they wanted more freedom and flexibility, so it’s not really surprising that homeworking is a trend that a ton of savvy employers are considering.
Homeworking provisions vary between businesses, but the overarching principle is that you let your staff carry out their tasks from the comfort of their own space. They might do this once or twice a week, or it might be a more permanent solution.
It’s an approach that’s likely to be welcomed by those with caring responsibilities, and let’s be honest here… Probably everyone else, too. After all, no one enjoys doing the commute, or being stuck in an office all day long.
As a business owner though, you’re likely to have a few concerns. Could it really work? Will it provide your staff with the temptation to sit twiddling their thumbs all day? Or is actually a wonderful way to give your staff what they really desire, utilise the benefits of modern technology, and strengthen your reputation as a desirable employer who everyone wants to work for?
There’s no denying that there’s a lot to consider, if you’re to get it right.
You need to think about how you’ll make sure that team members are in communication, and that they all understand their responsibilities and how they fit into the bigger picture. In some cases, you’ll also have to look at how you can ensure that everyone has the equipment they need to carry out their job effectively.
Homeworking isn’t right for everyone. Some of your staff will crave face-to-face contact, and will imagine nothing worse than just staring at the same four walls all day, with only their dog for conversation.
But it’s 2017 now, and you can’t afford to stay stuck in the past. Fail to give your employees what they really crave, and they WILL start to look elsewhere – regardless of how much they might enjoy their work.
The concept of a job for life is over, and you have to work hard to win loyalty.
If you’re not looking at ways to bring more flexibility into your business, then you’re seriously missing a trick. It can be a difficult shift to manage, but get it right, and it could work some real magic.
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