You have 80 employees but only 49 desks how does that work?
(Heres a solution that will help ease the pain of the recent transport strike issues for employers and make your employees happy )
There is no doubt that we have moved to a new age of work practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age 40 – and this number is projected to grow. In 2015 Forrester Research predicted that today’s youngest worker will hold twelve to fifteen jobs in their lifetime.
Forbes magazine also stated “The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that. Ninety-one percent of Millennial’s (born between 1977-1997) expect to stay in a job for less than three years, according to the Future Workplace “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers. That means they would have 15 – 20 jobs over the course of their working lives!”
It has become clear that the work place is changing and good progressive employers need to change with it.
Many progressive employers in Ireland and the UK are making changes to their work practices to elongate the “careers” of their employees in their organisations and increasing employee retention rates which as a result saves in recruitment and training costs.
I can only talk in authority for our sweet spot customer base which is the tech, professional services and not-for-profit customers but, “working from home” and “working out of office” policies are on the increase and this makes a lot of sense for so many companies.
- Progressive companies are beginning to use work from home and working out of office policies and options as a perk and reward for good trustworthy employees,this sends a valued message to their employees.
- When employers allow remote working it can save on expensive real estate costs, allowing companies to rent smaller offices at significant less expense.
- Working from home cuts commuting costs for employees.
- Working from home can make the work life balance easier for many employees.
- With the growth of cloud computing working from home has been made so much more secure and easier.
- The advancement in high speed internet and communication options such as webinars face-time and online meetings makes working from home a real option for progressive employers.
- While location is also cited as one of the top ten reasons why people leave their jobs a good working from home or working out of the office policy and practice can help employee retention.
- The traditionalist will cite health and safety and insurance as some of the reasons not to adopt these policies and practices but having implemented a working out of office policy these reasons can be “all smoke and mirrors”.
- Yes, to make a good out of office work policy you need good Managers, so concentrate on hiring and nurturing good Managers (you should be doing that anyway)
- When you have a good out of office or home working policy, it also makes it more difficult for your competitors to hire your talent if they can’t match your flexible working terms.
So my advice is to create a good working from home and working out of office policy and practice and …
- Help keep your talent longer.
- Save money on real estate.
- Invest in good Managers.
- Cut your employees cost of commuting.
- Make the workplace more meaningful place for people trying to bridge the gap between work life balance.
- Invest in good cloud services like HRLocker (you can’t blame me for plugging our own product 🙂
- Now you understand the interview question “how fast is your interview speed at home”.
- Don’t listen to your non progressive managers objections to a working out of office or from home policy, they are only pointing out their inadequacies as a Manager.
- By implementing a good fair and equitable working out of office or from home policy, watch employee satisfaction score increase.
- Show that you are a progressive and trustworthy employer and do it!
Putting a working out of office or working from home policy in place for progressive companies makes so much sense it is a no brainer!
In today’s work environment and particularly with the current industrial unrest in Ireland and other places with bus and train strikes this makes out of office or working from home policies even more attractive.
I hope you found this article helpful with much more to come as we continue to develop hrlocker.com in line with “next practice!”
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