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Is Flexible Working the Future Approach to Employment?

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Every major or minor change in the world transforms the world’s ways to some degree. Nowadays, the world observed the lockdowns, isolations, and quarantines. Moreover, these uncertainties affected everything. A person’s lifestyle, way of thinking, and even how one works and does daily chores.

In survey made by Gartner in 2020, 74% of organizations said they planned to move at least 5% of their workforce online.

Most offices give their staff the flexibility of working hours during these days. This flexibility increases the primary turnout of working and helps employees work with peace of mind. 

What is flexible working?

The fundamental way to define flexible working is to let the employees work at their suitable time without bounding them with the company’s official working hours. Also, people nowadays like to do everything online. Likewise, collaboration platforms like Chanty help to make it all online effortlessly.

All large and small institutions and organizations prefer online working modes to ease their employees. The online version of working assists both the employee and employer to make their timings flexible. It is fortunate that nowadays, employers allow workers to work remotely.

What is flexible staffing?

Companies use flexible staffing as a strategy to hire temporary workers. A contingent workforce is used by HR departments and other departments to meet changing business and operational challenges and as an alternative to hiring permanent employees. 

Contractors, independent freelancers, gig workers, and agency-provided workers are examples of contingent workers who are not on a company’s payroll.

Is flexible working the future?

Remote employment refers to an individual who works anywhere other than the office. Flexible work can also be called remote work. 

Flexible working is indeed the future. People all over the world get benefitted from this new way of working. They can pick the times and work independently.

The increased globalization and rising technologies have given this world a new way of operating things. The escalated number of online and remote workers has shown that the world has accepted digital means efficiently. 

Similarly, as stated by Bloomberg, the global crises have increased social interaction and have transformed the world widely. Also, it made the pace of life faster and easier. 

Many employees select flexible timings and online mediums over fixed timing and physical platforms. On the other hand, it is a bit of a not-so-likable way of working for employers because it gives the employee more autonomy in working than most companies do. 

At the same time, a few firms give their employees this facility. These kinds of gestures increase the productivity of work. Also, it helps in settling goodwill relations between employee and employer. 

Pros of flexible working

There are a lot of benefits of flexible working for both sides. Apart from the employee, the employer gets many advantages because of flexible workers. 

Employees’ perspective

Suppose one assesses flexible working from the eyes of the employee. In that case, the following are the benefits that an employee gets from flexible working:

  1. Selection of workplace

Employees can choose a workplace on their own. 

  1. Transportation omission

Flexible work in one’s selected place omits the transportation problems.

  1. Mental health

The suitable timings and selected place give comfort to the employee. Thus, it helps to avoid mental breakdown and insures happiness of an individual. 

  1. Selection of timings

Flexible working gives the individual the right to select his timings. The idea of authority increases productivity. 

  1. Availability of alternative jobs

Flexible timings allow the individual to have more than one job at a time. This flexibility allows exploring alternative income options.

  1. Increased income

This opportunity for more than one job at a time increases the individual’s monthly income. 

  1. Longterm projects

Employees who have flexible timings work for longer than those with fixed timings.  

  1. More attendance

The employees who work flexibly have more days of attendance at work. There is a meager chance of such an employee giving any excuse for being absent from work.  

  1.  Dedicated employee

Employees who work flexible hours are the ones that are comparatively happier than those who work on fixed timing.

  1. Modern ways

Acceptance of new ways and abandoning traditional conventional ways grow the firms. The happy employees and modern ways together help the business grow. 

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Company’s perspective

  1. Increased productivity

The comfort of employees increases the prosperity of businesses. The happy and comfortable employees tend to give their best which eventually gives potential outcomes. 

  1. Fewer space occupations

The flexibility of timings results in less or no space in the office. Due to this, the employer can hire multiple clients simultaneously. Thus, the firm’s production can easily double. 

  1. Hybridization 

The world has embraced the modern ways of studying, living, and working. All large and small business owners follow hybrid models. To understand hybridization, one must know the meaning of this term. 

Hybridization is a process where one follows both ways, i.e., offline and online. Most companies follow a hybrid model to stay in touch with their employees by both means. 

  1. Goodwill with employees

Smart work enables the employees to give their hundred percent and settles the goodwill with their level best. 

  1. Multiplication of business

The flexible timings can help the owner multiply their business in manifolds. Consequently, the employer gets even more benefits than the employees. 

Cons of flexible working

No matter what industry your business is a part of, the flexibility of working has a lot of advantages, but it also has some disadvantages. Human error will always be a possibility in everything we do. These are some of the disadvantages of flexible timings:

  1. Communication problems:

Those who avail flexible working often deal with communication issues. Staff working in an office can communicate when they run into a problem. Still, those who work in flexible timings lack this facility. 

  1. Lack of environment:

Environment matters a lot. People working from home or any other place lack a healthy office environment. Their work may suffer because they can get easily distracted by other things in their surroundings. 

  1. Less Income:

The income of people who work from home may decrease compared to those who work in an office. 

  1. Procrastination:

People working remotely often procrastinate. To understand this, one must know what procrastination is. Procrastination is a way of avoiding tasks that somehow makes one feel overwhelmed or bored. Instead of working on it, people find it easier to delay it until there’s no time left or past the due time. It affects one’s productivity and makes one suffer from anxiety.

  1. Increased pressure:

It increases anxiety and pressure when he feels that he cannot work properly. 

  1. Can bore the individual:

The worldly affairs and workload together can make the individual bored. Boredom can cloud one’s mind and impair one’s ability to work. 

  1. Insufficient work-life balance:

Flexible working blooms at many places. Although, sometimes, it affects one’s life so badly. In this list, personal life gets affected the most. Individuals working virtually or at flexible timings are primarily unable to maintain a proper balance between their personal and professional lives. 

This disturbance affects productivity and sustainability in both areas of his life. Too much burden of work can tarnish the personal life, and a disturbed personal life can eventually affect the working skills. 

Wrap Up!

All in all, the fast pace of the world signifies that those who will not modernize them will stay behind. Thus, one of the most significant things for all employers is never to lose contact with the flow of the world.

If due, for any reason, the owners of businesses, whether small or large, would not be able to keep up, they would be left behind. 

Let’s say the company owners remain lenient with their employees, embrace flexible timing, and grow with the times. In that case, they can quickly achieve success.

As the saying goes, those who plan never fail. To plan for a better future, one must begin today.

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Anastasia Matveyeva

Anastasia is a Marketing Manager at Chanty - easy-to-use team collaboration tool with a mission to help companies boost their team’s productivity.
Anastasia is responsible for Chanty's content marketing strategy. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.

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