Why Workplace Flexibility Can Help Retain Employees

Actual Comments on Why Employees Leave:

“The work arrangements were a bit of a motivating factor as well to leave. Starting with the company, I knew I would get less time off than what I had acquired at my prior job but the company could have been more flexible and negotiated this option. Sometimes more time off is better than more pay.”

The Solution

Increasingly, employees at all levels and across all demographic groups are finding it challenging to manage the time they spend at work and the time required to attend to their personal needs. Finding an acceptable balance between one’s work and personal life has become more and more difficult as employees face various work and life issues at different times during their careers. Solutions to the ever-changing needs and priorities of employees and employers can be found workplace flexibility which is part of the work life portfolio.

What is driving the need for workplace flexibility in today’s business environment?
• The “24/7 world”
• Globalization
• Virtual office
• Changing workforce demographics
• Expectations of younger generations

While many organizations are moving toward a more strategic approach to workplace flexibility as part of their work-life portfolio, informal flexibility – employers allowing flexible work arrangements such as employees working at home occasionally, coming to work after a doctor appointment or leaving early for a personal appointment – is already the norm in many organizations.

Organizations with flexible work options are finding those options increase attraction and employee retention, improve productivity, lower absenteeism, motivate employees, and provide for better work coverage. Many workplace flexibility options are no-cost or low-cost solutions that can be used to provide a more attractive work-life balance for employees and reduce turnover for the employer.

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