The increase in technology, increase in time spent commuting to work and the demands on our busy lives have meant the ability for an employer to offer a flexible working environment has become an attractive sell-point when recruiting and advertising a vacant position.
The most common flexible working arrangements include:
· part-time hours
· varied work hours with flexibility around start and finishing times
· condensed work weeks, ie; working 10 hours a day for 4 days with a 3-day weekend
· working remotely (completely or for part of the working week)
· job sharing
The ability to offer flexible working hours will attract a wider range of potential employees to your business.
For parents it can give them the opportunity to re-enter the workforce earlier than expected, as it allows them to juggle their work and home commitments.
Geographically it can assist those in urban areas (who face massive commute times each day), a greater balance by working at home some of the working week.
Likewise, for rural employees it can provide increased and varied employment opportunities connecting to a business outside the limited rural job market, allowing them to have both the rural community and continuation in their chosen career.
A benefit for employers is not just attracting a wider pool of job seekers, but reducing their office costs by having more people work from home so they don’t need the premises to house as many people at the one time.
Flexible working arrangements opens up choice for many job seekers.
It is about choice; we will never replace the need for face to face customer service and client interaction.
We believe there will always be a need for real people to talk to real people. You can conduct a virtual meeting but ideally a business meeting is much more satisfying if you can shake hands at the end of it.
Would you agree?