With a recent employee survey revealing that more than 9 in 10 working parents want their workplace to retain flexible working indefinitely* and another reporting that 28% of employers believe the increase in homeworking has increased productivity**, COVID-19 has shifted the working pattern mindset to flexible.
The enforced period of homeworking has shown how effective working from home can be as well as proving that flexibility can be possible in so many more jobs than previously thought. The advantages for employers have proven to be considerable! Organisations will be able to hire people from a much wider geographic area so as well as having access to more talent they will be able to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.
Whilst employers are having to fully embrace telecommuting and reduced, or part time work, flexible workers are having to match this with an open and adaptive attitude to new technology, training and performance management.
Whether your recruitment has had to adapt or your whole business has changed shape significantly, flexible working is becoming the new normal and being properly equipped for it is more important than ever.
No one understands this more than us at Flexibility Matters who, since 2014, have been helping local businesses reap the rewards of a flexible workforce. Dedicated to flexible recruiting, best practice in flexible working, events and training – if you’re looking for a flexible and experienced professional, contact Emma and the team at Flexibility Matters on 0781 0541 599 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: www.flexibilitymatters.co.uk
* A survey of over 1,000 UK parents and carers of children aged 18 and under by Charity Working Families (Jun 2020)
**A survey of 1,046 employers by cipd.co.uk/. (July 2020)