Explore flexible work options
Employee expectations are changing, and flexibility is high on the list of employee preferences. Organizations today are creating flexible working strategies to transition from fixed to hybrid structures.
Flexible working challenges
- Flexible working is not offered to all employees, creating perceptions of unfairness across the organization.
- We’re finding it hard to attract and retain talent.
- We have mixed views on hybrid working.
- Managers don’t have the “will or skill” to manage flexibility in the workplace.
- Women are poorly represented in senior positions.
- We’re looking to reduce office costs.
- Absenteeism is higher than expected.
- We are uncertain what skills are needed to redesign jobs for success in a new hybrid environment.
Inclusive flexibility in the workplace is imperative
All jobs can flex, which means organizations can adopt a broader view of flexibility to offer a strategy that benefits everyone, not just those who work remotely.
Maximizing productivity in a flexible work environment requires examining work and considering employee choice. Organizations need to ensure their approach is sustainable, which requires examining people programs and infrastructure.
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Three critical questions to drive flexible working at scale:
What flexibility is possible?
What flexibility is desirable?
What flexibility is sustainable?
Creating a flexible working strategy
Leading flexible work design practices start with examining the work to determine what type of flexibility is possible and how the job is best performed to maximize productivity and outcomes. We work with clients to define flexible work strategies through a four-step process:
A successful flexible working design starts with establishing the strategic vision for the work and developing guiding principles for the design.
There are three critical questions to address:
- What’s possible? Evaluate the capacity for jobs to flex across multiple dimensions.
- What’s desirable? Collect leader and employee insights on flexible working.
- What’s sustainable? Assess people programs for readiness to support flexible working at scale.
A successful strategy articulates not only what type of flexibility will be offered but also how it will be executed and governed throughout the organization to deliver a compelling and consistent employee experience.
Flexibility is more than a policy and must be woven into the fabric of the organization. This involves identifying the barriers and enablers of the change and aligning programs accordingly.
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