Let’s Talk… Flexible Work
By Rebecca Thacker
Retrieved from: https://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/featured/lets-talkflexible-work.html
Since the inception of the World Wide Web in 1991, technology, business and daily life has changed significantly. Who would have thought that billions of people across the globe would conduct business from the palm of their hand? And with technology rapidly advancing and more and more people seeking flexible work arrangements, it’s no wonder savvy business owners are investing in innovative technology, such as Cloud based storage and project management tools, enabling their employees to work from anywhere at anytime. A move that has left many businesses reaping the rewards from greater productivity and job satisfaction among employees – “A win-win for the business and employee,” says BlueJeans International General Manager, James Campanini. However, not all flexible work arrangements are successful, and if not implemented correctly, can have disastrous consequences.
For this week’s “Let’s Talk…” we asked more than a dozen business leaders for their viewpoint on “What businesses must consider when implementing flexible work…”
Emma Perera, Co-founder at WellBeing GROW:“The future of work will no doubt involve various flexible work policies, in fact many workplaces already do. Flexible work practices are an investment into your businesses greatest asset – its people. They allow your staff to spend more time with their children, commute to the office during off-peak times, work from home in an emergency, work during hours convenient to them, and essentially provide employees with a sustainable work life balance. One of the key things to consider when implementing a flexible work policy is your company’s technology set-up. The systems and software you use needs to support working remotely, working when others are offline, and accessing tech support out of hours. Another important element to consider is strong communication channels so that those working remotely or on flexible hours are still up to date with what is taking place within the company, and remain engaged with their projects. Setting up weekly updates that teammates can attend online, and group chats that people can use rather than having face-to-face conversations ensures everyone remains on the same page.”