Published Date: 10/27/2014
By Reneé Watkins
SHRM has released their 2014 Workplace Flexibility survey that shows flexible work arrangements are growing in number and are widely successful in most cases. Information was taken from 525 HR professionals between April 2014 and June 2014.
Key findings are as follows:
- 92 percent report flexible work arrangements are successful
- 83 percent feel telecommuting will increase in the next five years
- 89 percent feel flexible working arrangements will increase in the next five years
The majority of organizations surveyed that offer flexible work arrangements say it has had a positive impact on productivity and reduced absenteeism. Also, flexible work arrangements appear to have a positive impact on job satisfaction, employee retention and the overall health of the employee due to reduced stress. Therefore, it can be concluded that flexible work arrangements can benefit the employer as well as the employee.
In order to have a successful flexible work arrangement program, managers must work closely with HR to provide options for employees in roles that could qualify for flexible work arrangements. Due to the nature of some roles within the organization, not every job can be performed according to a flexible work arrangement. Therefore, managers must consider the benefits, as well as the consequences, of putting such a program in place on a case-by-case basis.
Today’s workplace brings together so many new technologies for interaction. “Face time” between managers and co-workers may take on a different meaning in many cases. If you are not embracing this new trend of flexible work arrangements with your employees, you may be missing out on an important recruiting tool for hiring and retaining top talent.
If you have questions about flexible work arrangements, please call CAI's Advice & Resolution Team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746.