Flexibility in the Workplace

With a 4.3% unemployment rate in California, the market for talented employees is as competitive as ever. But what are steps you can take to retain those quality employees? Applying a flexible perspective in all aspects of the company can truly benefit employers and employees alike.

Flexibility for Telecommuting

Some employers are hesitant to implement any work from home options for their employees. A popular concern is “how will I know if my employee is actually working?” However, implementing a telecommuting policy prevents micro-management. By trusting your employees, they can learn to manage their own time and carry responsibility to complete their tasks. Additionally, working from home can prevent sick employees from coming into work and infecting the rest of your workforce. Overall, working from home can be an option that contributes to increased productivity, less turnover, and a higher morale.

Flexibility with Hours

Companies should evaluate whether each position needs a full-time commitment. There are numerous college students or stay-at-home parents that are interested in part-time jobs.

Flexibility on Taking Time Off

Employers should train managers to apply a flexible management style when their direct reports ask for time off. Employees should not be afraid to ask for a few hours off for a doctor’s appointment. Managers should communicate reasonable expectations around vacation time. For example, you can ask employees to not take time off during a company’s busy season, and instead plan a vacation when business is slower.