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Which Type of Work Flexibility is Right for You?

Working Out Of Office is but one of the several types of flexible work arrangement employers are offering and workers are demanding. People are different, so the arrangements that suit one worker might not be a good fit for another. To help you consider the flexible work arrangements that suit you, Greg Kratz provides an overview of the following types of work flexibility:

  • Telecommuting
  • Freelancing
  • Part-time work
  • Part-year work
  • Compressed work week
  • Job sharing
  • Alternative schedule
  • Phased retirement

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Five-Hour Workday Improves Productivity & Work-Life Balance

The video below showcases a company who switched to a five-hour workday, and in so doing, increased workplace productivity and the work-life balance of its employees.

This article explains the benefits of a five-hour workday, including:

Putting time constraints on the workday forces workers to look at their jobs differently, to see where they can be more productive. At Tower, everyone in the company actively analyzes what they’re doing right—and what they’re doing wrong—in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

You can find out more in The Five Hour Workday book by Stephan Aarstol, the CEO of Tower Paddle Boards.

Can Flexible Work Options Attract Top Talent?

We frequently espouse the idea that offering flexible work arrangements such as working Out Of Office helps you recruit and retain the best staff. Andrea Duke has written an article that examines this idea, and concludes:

So, when it comes to recruiting and retaining top-tier talent, throw out that laundry list of “unique” benefits and opt for those that will have a significant impact on your employees and their ability to maintain a work-life balance.

Read Andrea’s article in full at WorkFlexibility.org…

Make Workplace Flexibility a Strategy, Not a Perk

Working Out of Office is growing in popularity but it still has some way to go before it becomes a mainstream way of working. One of the obstacles on the path to mainstream acceptance is employers regarding flexible work arrangements such as telework to be a benefit or perk, rather than as a deliberate strategy for recruiting, retaining and engaging staff. Speakers at a recent conference on flexible work listed several key aspects of successful Out of Office work programmes:

  • Senior managers embrace telework as a strategy and an essential element of organizational success.
  • The program is informal, meaning that employees don’t have rigid requirements on when they need to be in the office.
  • Employers measure whether work is getting done and not the amount of time people spend in the office.
  • Employees feel free to request telework.

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New Study Confirms the Benefits of Flexible Work Arrangements

A new randomized controlled trial conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota and MIT Sloan School of Management has added to the growing evidence that flexible work arrangements contribute to workers being happier, healthier and more productive.

The study recruited more than 700 workers from the IT department of a Fortune 500 company. The control group worked under the company’s pre-existing policies while the treatment group received training in practices designed to improve their sense of control over their work, and focused on results rather than time spent at work.

The practices included reorganising work schedules, working from home more often, rethinking the amount of time spent in meetings, using instant messaging for communication, and anticipating periods of high demand. Managers received training in supporting the professional development of their workers, and understanding their personal circumstances.

At the conclusion of the 12 month study the treatment group reported having greater control over their work, more support from their bosses and spending more time with their families. They also reported greater job satisfaction, and less stress and burnout than workers in the control group. They also showed fewer symptoms of psychological distress.

The research is groundbreaking in that it is the first to test flexible work arrangements using a randomized controlled trial – the gold standard for this type of study.

Read the press release in full..