Flexible working in a post-pandemic world: how companies can keep employees happy and productive

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  • Thousands of companies worldwide are shifting to permanent remote work or flexible working hours.
  • Research shows that more employees seek job opportunities that value flexibility and well-being.
  • An SA recruitment agency explains how companies can benefit when employees are offered work flexibility.

With pandemic restrictions easing and employees slowly returning to their desks, flexible working is becoming the new norm.

While flexible work arrangements can be approached in a number of ways, from offering remote work to customised working hours, research suggests the impact can be beneficial - for both employees and companies.

RecruitMyMom, a South African recruitment agency, shares three ways flexibility in the workplace can support a company’s growth. 

Attract and retain the best talent

According to a global EY survey, a little more than 50% of employees are prepared to job-hunt if their company does not prioritise workplace flexibility. It also revealed that companies offering post-Covid flexibility have a higher chance of retaining employees.

Another survey by US management consulting company, McKinsey & Company, found that when people have the chance to work flexibly, 87% of them take it.

This means businesses will need to work to retain talented and skilled employees if they wish to see long-term business growth. 

Use work-life integration to support employee well-being

As people worldwide explored a new work-life balance, prioritising employee well-being became evident. Highly-skilled and sought-after candidates are now looking for companies that value and respect their need for flexibility. 

Research shows that women have experienced higher burnout rates than men during the pandemic, as they have had to balance home and work responsibilities with little to no child support. Needless to say, the pandemic has taken a huge psychological toll on nearly everyone and has impacted their mental and physical health. 

Because of this, people are seeking work-life balance, where one has the chance to integrate the multiple facets of life into one, rather than submitting oneself to an unrealistic concept of attainable balance. 

Therefore, considering flexibility is one of the best ways to support employees in their journey to well-being, as it allows them the autonomy they require to manage work and life healthily. 

Hire flexible gig workers

If you’re running a start-up business, you may be faced with a dilemma of needing top skills to grow your business but cannot afford it full-time. But there’s a simple solution: hire part-time, gig workers or freelancers since they come without the overheads of paying for a permanent employee. 

When doing so, you will only hire and pay them for the hours or projects they need to complete. The rise of the gig economy also benefits employers in several other ways, including flexibility and productivity. For example, by contracting skills for a certain period only, or a defined project, companies have the flexibility to manage the impact of market uncertainties.

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