The flexible workforce: latest news

Will a flexible workforce be the ‘normal’ workforce of the future? We explore three of the latest features on this topic

1) The flexible workforce: not just for women

Source: HR News

Alexander Mann Solutions is calling for businesses to offer a ‘culture of flexibility’ across the entire workforce. Traditionally, the focus has predominantly been placed on working mothers.

This change is intended to increase employee attraction, engagement and retention. It also answers the recent ‘Fathers in the Workplace’ report. The report suggests that men are perceived more negatively than women when making flexible working requests.

Please visit the HR News article for further findings.

2) The flexible workforce: maintaining company culture

Source: Personnel Today

Our next article responds to the oft-discussed Taylor Review. In this piece, Thomson Online Benefits explores the subject of company culture.

The company says, ‘…fundamental shifts in working practices are both an opportunity and a challenge for the UK’. A more flexible workforce may be part of these opportunities.

Companies are once again reminded of the staff retention benefits. Something that also naturally supports business revenue. On top of this, when working flexibly, more businesses are able to move away from traditional offices…and their costs!

But let’s return to the issue of company culture. The piece discusses how workers can feel more disconnected from their employers when there is a physical absence. Employers are, therefore, encouraged to prioritise a sense of connection.

Other opportunities and challenges are discussed here.

3) The flexible workforce: for happy employees

Source: UKTN

The UK is ‘lagging behind’ its American and Australian counterparts when it comes to flexible working.

  • 10% of UK businesses do not offer any flexible working options at all.
  • 30% of companies have fewer than 1/4 flexible working staff.

Yet survey respondents believe flexible working benefits collaboration, communication and productivity (due to happier employees!), alongside reduced overheads.

Employees may still be placing some importance on where they’re working. That said, alternative flexible working solutions are available. This includes the growing use of open plan offices and hot-desking.

You can read the piece in full on the UKTN website.

Thoughts from Bath…

This isn’t the first time we’ve covered flexible working. In our most recent roundup, we discuss your flexi working options here in Bath (and surrounding!).

Reading this as a local business? Flexible working is one of a number of staff attraction and retention strategies that can offer a significant competitive advantage. To discuss how a more flexible workforce may suit your recruitment needs, please call the office on 01225 313130.