Top 4 myths of flexible working, debunked
The conventional working environment is changing dramatically, with the widespread use of technology, the Internet and the rise of start-ups and SMEs are redefining the professional landscape, as we know it.
Amongst other changes we are seeing, the increase in flexible working is having a huge impact for many businesses, changing their internal structure and opening the door for new opportunities. Although it is something that is now widely accepted by many business leaders and owners, there are still some myths surrounding flexible working that can make employees nervous of requesting it and management confused over how to react. Here we identify the top misconceptions and debunk the myths!
It’s a privilege, not a right
By law, any employee who has worked more than 26 weeks for a company has the right to request flexible working. This includes working from home, remotely or changing starting and finishing times. The employer must deal with these requests in a ‘reasonable manner’, and if not, they can be taken to an employment tribunal.
It will affect productivity
Many employers may assume that, as a worker is not in an office environment then they may be tempted to ‘slack off’, taking care of other household tasks rather than completing their professional duties. However, the realities of this are very different and a survey revealed that 61% thought flexible working had boosted their company’s profits, due to productivity that was enabled by this way of working. However, flexible workers can sometimes have the tendency to overwork, so be sure to have a clear overview of their actual working hours to prevent this from happening.
It is difficult to manage
Again, as the employee is not physically present in the office many leaders assume that it is difficult to manage, schedule and track the working patterns of flexible workers. Technology has aided flexible working, and tools such as IQ:timecard have been developed to make remote workforce management simple. Workers log when they start and finish working every day, using the tool as an app on any smartphone or tablet, while management can see this time and attendance data on a web-based dashboard. Calculating payment, scheduling shifts and more is as easy as it would be with any other employee.
It is hard to communicate
Communication is key to many working environments, and it is natural to think that this will suffer if flexible working is enabled. Yet again, technology such as Skype and other professional instant messaging and video call tools can keep your workforce connected, wherever they may be based.
Flexible working can bring many business benefits – book a free demo of IQ:timecard to learn how to implement it in your company today.