Flexible working can mean working remotely or letting employees choose their working hours. It can also mean working in pyjamas at home, tapping away at a laptop from the Bahamas, or even getting in a few hours at dawn (if that’s what floats your boat).
Recently, flexible working is becoming much more popular (especially in London). Companies are becoming more attuned to the benefits of flexible working when it comes to employee well-being, overall productivity, and reigniting employees’ passion for their role.
Take us, for example; as of 2019, the senior team at The Boutique Workplace Company is formally allowed to work from home. As a flexible workspace provider to many companies, we’re practicing what we preach and joining many of our clients in adopting a more flexible mindset.
Those who make use of our snazzy office spaces in London are either interested in our serviced offices (great for collaborative working) or looking to join The Boutique Members Club (perfect for those who want an alternative to coffee shops where they can pop in and crack on between meetings). The concept of flexible working is so ingrained in our values as a company and we wanted to reflect this in our own business.
Unfortunately, not all companies have come around to the idea of flexible working, and there are a few misconceptions that we feel a responsibility towards clarifying…
However, there are still a few misconceptions about flexible working that are causing a little friction and making particular companies reluctant to adopt this in their own workplace…
This is probably the most inaccurate misconception of all. Allowing your team to be flexible is a sign of trust. If you hired hard-working individuals that you’re happy to have in your company, then you’re unlikely to see any decrease in productivity by introducing flexible working. In fact, studies show that those who work flexibly are actually more productive, while those who work remotely are more likely to work overtime.
Employees who are able to work when and where it suits them are actually more likely to develop a more positive attitude towards their job and remember why they enjoyed it in the first place. They’ll put in the time, and enjoy putting in the time.
Not necessarily. With the aid of technology, there’s no reason why the team won’t be able to communicate as freely and easily as before. There’s also nothing stopping them from arranging to meet in person if need be. Remote workers will often overcompensate with communication due to their lack of face-to-face time and are often reaching out to colleagues to ask questions, ask for help, or just to check in.
Again, not necessarily. It’s the responsibility of the company to make sure that everybody feels united and invested in the success of the company. However, your team doesn’t need to be spending considerable amounts of time in the same room in order to develop this attitude. Your company can still organise social events and offer perks like gym memberships, but at the end of the day, you need to let employees work in the ways that suit them best and have options for those who want to get involved.
Out of office working doesn’t need to be working at home. Check out The Boutique Members Club if you’re looking for something outside of the office to knuckle down with some work.