If you choose to implement a flexible working programme, it’s important to consider the risks as well as the potential rewards. The following tips, provided by GrowthBusiness.co.uk in association with T-Mobile, should help:
- 1. Establish your objectives
Are you looking to improve productivity, enhance service, or simply boost your staff’s motivation?
- 2. Set clear targets
Create effective productivity targets, both for individuals and the company. You need to gauge the overall success of the flexible working measures.
- 3. Consult your staff
Find out what kind of flexible working your staff would appreciate. (Make sure they do actually want it.)
- 4. Consider the drawbacks
You will have fewer opportunities to see your staff face-to-face and view their work. How will this impact on your ability to manage them?
- 5. Plan for the cultural shift
A sudden switch in working patterns can be a shock. There is a risk your employees may no longer feel part of the team.
- 6. Provide the tools your staff need
Staff need to be as available and responsive to customer enquiries as they were before.
- 7. Check your liability
Make sure your health and safety policy covers employees working outside the office.
- 8. Shout about it
Flexible working will help you attract and retain staff. Make sure you promote it in your recruitment campaigns.