Workplace Flexibility Series: Part 2 of 3
Employee Lifestyle and Promoting Flexibility
It’s common knowledge that everybody has different needs, priorities, and lifestyles, and these differences will impact how they work. Someone in their early 20s will likely have different work needs than someone nearing retirement. Following on from part 1 of our flexible workplace series, we’re now going to look at how different lifestyles fit into a flexible workplace and how to begin promoting flexibility in the office. For more information about flexible arrangements, view this page from Fair Work.
Differing needs depending on one’s lifestyle is one of the main reasons flexible work has been talked about more, especially after the pandemic and lockdowns. Throughout the past two years, everybody has had to adjust to new and changing work conditions as they navigated a new digital era of the workplace.
Different Lifestyles Factored Into Working Habits
When we start looking at flexible lifestyles, we first must look at how to factor different lifestyles into employees’ work needs. There has been a growing demand for flexibility from younger workers to create a more fluid work schedule that makes equal time for leisure and work.
According to research by Capability Jane, 92 per cent of those aged 20-35 identified flexibility as the top priority when searching for jobs. This is no different for those in the over 50 age bracket, where above half reported wanting more flexibility to ease into retirement with reduced hours.
The shift for more flexible work is evident across the board. Allowing more flexibility for employees gives them the freedom to create their own schedules that work with their lifestyle.
How To Promote Flexibility In The Office
Introducing flexibility in the workplace can be multifaceted and takes time. It means shifting company culture and expectations over time to create a welcoming environment that fosters employee needs and wants in their roles. A few ways to begin the transition to a flexible workplace may be:
- Open a discussion – determine your employees’ needs and arrangements and whether you can realistically provide them.
- Clear communication – creating trust is essential for this shift. Trust that employees will complete their objectives within the allotted timeline and know what is expected from their outcomes.
- Support employees – building off that trust to create a supportive environment will encourage employees to share new ideas and feedback they may not feel comfortable doing in the current culture.
- Flexible layouts – having multiple options of where and how to work within an office gives employees control over their work environment.
You’ve Got The Information – What’s Next?
When done right, a flexible workplace creates an equal balance that benefits the needs of employees and employers alike. In fast-paced industries, it’s vital to have flexible employees that can respond to anything thrown their way on your team.
A flexible workplace isn’t new, but it is becoming more common and expected by employees. At A1 Office, we are dedicated to transforming workspaces into an environment that empowers its employees to thrive. If you are interested to learn more, get in contact here.