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of Hiremymom.com realized that more than 5.4 million mothers put their careers on hold to stay home with children. “That adds up to a lot of talented women with experience, education, skills and the motivation to find flexible work that can be done from their home office,” Spencer Pyle says. A healthier work environment A common concern in the workplace is wellness. How many times has a co-worker come to work while sick? Poor worker health costs employers hundreds of billions of dollars annually and much of this is because germs are being spread within the workplace, which can be avoided if employees are working from home.
“Statistics show that 82% of professionals said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options and 39 % have turned down a promotion because of a lack of flexible work options”
WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY by Dolores Hoffman
hat is workplace flexibility? What does it even mean? Workplace flexibility is where a company grants their employees the opportunity to remain productive no matter where they physically work as long as they do their job. When it comes to workplace flexibility, most people assume the employer has all the power. Millennials in particular believe that a flexible work schedule makes you happier and gives life purpose and employers are clearly listening. Here are a few benefits to help decide if workplace flexibility is right for you: Reduces Stress Research shows that flexible work environments reduce stress because employees are 8 | November/December 2017
more satisfied with their jobs, more satisfied with their lives, and experience better balance between family and work. The National Study of the Changing Workforce (NSCW) conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that employees in more flexible workplaces exhibited less negative spillover between work and family life. This was found to benefit both sides. More Balance for Moms More balance between work and home life can have a huge impact on today’s busy families. This means one can be present at events outside of work hours by working through lunch or showing up early to work so they can be home earlier. Lesley Spencer Pyle, Founder
Larger Talent Pool An employer is able to hire anyone, no matter where they are located. Competing on a global scale allows you to search for the best of the best. Sometimes hiring the best qualified people within driving distance is nearly impossible. With modern communication, such as video conferencing, companies can hire employees with the right skill sets and employees have the advantage of widening their job search. Misconceptions There’s a common misconception that ‘flexible’ means lazy. But in reality, if you’re able to trust your employees, you’ll find that a normal 9-5 work schedule is no longer necessary. Statistics show that 82% of professionals said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options and 39 % have turned down a promotion because of a lack of flexible work options. It’s simple, happy and content employees do better work and have a happier home life. So dig through that employee handbook and push for more flexibility in your job. It may be the perfect fit for you.
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