Can employers find a happy balance in flexible working?

Can employers find a happy balance in flexible working?

With more and more onus being placed on promoting a healthy work-life balance, we spoke to Sinead Hasson, MD and Founder of recruitment company Hasson Associates, who explains how employers can make the system work to both advantages.

Why are more companies becoming enamoured with flexible working and work-life balance?

I believe this is all about talent. Companies tend to respond to the needs of their staff and, as more and more people need flexible working, companies have to respond. Those companies which refuse to budge suffer as the pool of candidates available to them can shrink.

Flexible working is usually offered to accommodate family needs but also can be offered to relieve the pressure of a daily commute. By offering it, employers are demonstrating empathy to the needs of their team which, in return, engenders loyalty and dedication. But it must be managed properly for the benefit of all.

How can HR manage employee expectations of flexible and remote working?

By having a clear policy on what it acceptable and for whom it is acceptable. By communicating clearly to the business team what's happening and by giving the employee clear guidelines on what the company expects.

It is important that the employee knows it’s not a guaranteed perk and that the business needs may change and that this may change.

Is it truly possible to find a perfect balance between productivity, work-life balance and flexible working?

It is really dependent on the employee, how their success is measured and how they can deliver that in order to achieve balance.

Promoting a flexible and open approach to working by encouraging its people across the entire business to avoid being desk bound wherever possible is a sentiment that is being practised more and more. 

As long as workers have an internet connection and are on the end of their mobile, they are expected to work in different locations, whether that be other office spaces, open collaboration zones, coffee shops, their homes, wherever.

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