Studies are increasingly showing that employees working on a flexible schedule are happier and more productive than those who are not.

 

Some are predicting the “death of the 9 to 5 working day” as flexible working days become increasingly more popular among workforces as an aftermath of the pandemic.

 

Despite “working from home” becoming the workplace buzz phrase of 2020, many of us are still struggling to get used to remote work in 2021.

 

Distractions, lack of motivation, less work/life balance…

 

However, studies are continuing to prove that remote working is actually more productive. So perhaps the best option for employers is to adopt a flexible working schedule; working a mixture of hours remotely and occasionally in-office rather than the standard 9 to 5.

 

Here are some of the benefits of remote work.

 

1. Less time spent commuting

 

Without a morning commute, your staff are happier and carbon emissions are lower.

 

With the average commuting time being approximately 58 minutes, this means almost one whole hour of the day is spent completely unproductively.

 

Employees with no commute will sleep better and longer and have more opportunity for physical exercise in the morning.

 

Additionally, without a commute, employers can now hire people outside of the commuting range. The flexibility remote working offers will attract the most talented candidates.

 

2. Money saved on rent

 

Employers will see significant savings. Less money is being spent on office space, renting buildings for meetings and travel expenses.

 

This means more money for what’s important. Investing funds into mental health and wellbeing services, for example, will guarantee employees feel nurtured and also improve your company’s reputation.

 

3. Increase in productivity

 

With more control over their schedule, employees feel a better sense of freedom that helps (rather than hinders) their productivity levels.

 

In fact, employees that work remotely tend to work more hours than in-office employees.

 

The best employees are attracted to flexible working hours; advertising a position in this way is one of the best initiatives hiring managers utilise to invite the most talented potential recruits.

 

4. Employees are happier

 

Giving employees flexible working hours has been proven to improve their job satisfaction. If your employees are happier at work, there’s less chance they will consider taking up a new job opportunity, thus a lower turnover rate.

 

Happy employees are less likely to experience burnout from excessive working, and more likely to work qualitatively better than unhappy employees.

 

5. Time in the office is spent meaningfully

 

Flexible working hours and remote working ultimately means that the time you spend with your employees in office is spent more meaningfully.

 

With time spent together in office being sparse, each minute you are together will be spent discussing matters you prioritise; their health and wellbeing, non-work-related frivolities, and any private matters that can’t be shared over e-mail.

 

 

Although implementing a flexible working schedule may require a step-up in technology, it is proven to be effective in terms of increased productivity, employee happiness and reduced turnover.

 

Is this the future of the 9 to 5?

 

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