The workplace is in the midst of significant changes that may put a permanent stamp on how companies conduct work for years to come. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many companies were experimenting with things like flexible work arrangements and remote working.
In this article, we will explain why flexible work is favourable and how we can complement it with the use of technology to benefit our culture.=
The 9-5, as we know it, is dead. Digital technologies enhanced the global economy, which now operates 24/7. A mix of cutting-edge technology, flexible on-demand workplaces and versatile working hours will create a lifesaving effect for many employees, who would otherwise find it hard to manage.
Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School, is an expert of “How to make work better”. He believes that companies should: "Redesign jobs to make them more meaningful and motivating, trying to build cultures of creativity and generosity in teams, or even trying to make entire organisations more productive."
Flexible working with the conjunction of technology can boost team members motivation, creativity, generosity and productivity. However, the benefits do not stop by employees - flexible working practices create a competitive advantage and can reduce overhead costs.
The most influential global market players put people first - this is the only way of going further. Fortunately, caring about people can bring direct benefits to an organisation of any size. We will highlight 3 benefits of flexible practices that directly affect companies.
1. Greater chance to attract and retain high demand talents.
A third (31%) of LinkedIn users say flexible work arrangements are a very important consideration when choosing a job. This is a third of candidates who might turn down an offer if your organisation does not offer flexibility.
Focus on flexibility can attract great talents to your team and help to create culture that companies are seeking.
2. Reducing overhead costs on office space.
By 2023, the Government Hubs Programme plans to reduce the government estate from around 800 to 200 buildings. This programme places a focus on creating modern sustainable buildings, supported by smart technology and shared services, which will allow staff to work from a variety of locations. It will save approximately £2.4bn over ten years.
3. Flexible working arrangements support progression to senior levels of disadvantaged groups and drive inclusion.
Advertising flexible work possibilities lead to support of highly skilled single parents and master or PHD students who balance work, studies and family life. On the other hand, eliminating flexible work opportunities would reduce a chance to become an industry leader of any kind.
Flexible work would not be possible without the newest technologies and software that help to visualise, manage and improve team efforts while working remotely.
WorkClub’s team uses various software that helps to smoothly communicate and create an agile work environment from any place in the world.
1. Smooth communication using Slack
Slack is by far the most advanced platform that helps remote WorkClub teams to connect, communicate faster, become more transparent and open.
2. Marketing and Sales operations using HubSpot
Our teams love working together on HubSpot. This CRM software has various tools for social media marketing, content management, SEO and sales optimisation. HubSpot has unlimited potential and helps our team greatly.
3. Product and tasks management using ClubHouse
Visibility of various projects is crucial while working remotely. We went with ClubHouse to track our product roadmaps, project development and personal tasks in terms of creating a bigger view and embracing collaborative culture.
As Mohammed Chahdi, director of global human resources at Dell said, “Work is what you do and not a place you go.” Companies should focus on enabling teams to do their work regardless of space and time.
Changing times require new ways of working. Download WorkClub’s app and explore new ways of working flexibly!