Work station table next to dining room table

How to embrace flexibility in your workplace

A proactive approach, strong communication and the right tools can go a long way toward helping your team members feel engaged

Slack 팀이 작성2022년 7월 12일

Even before the pandemic forced its acceleration, flexible work was an important part of the discussion, especially for millennials in the workforce. According to several different pre-pandemic Gallup polls, millennials were already well known for having the highest turnover, the least engagement and the lowest overall work-related well-being. Many companies believed that flexible working conditions were the solution, but were reluctant to make the switch.

With the challenges of Covid-19, companies had little choice but to switch to remote operations. Things worked out better than nearly anyone expected, with 83% of employers and 71% of workers reporting a successful transition in a 2021 survey by PwC. According to a Mercer survey, flexibility is here to stay: More than three-quarters of employees are working remotely, and almost half of companies are offering more flexible shifts. Employers report that the future will bring a more hybrid model, with at least 25% of workers staying remote.

Flexibility goes beyond allowing employees to work remotely. It can also include flexible scheduling, asynchronous collaboration and compressed workweeks. Whether you offer one option or several, learning to embrace flexibility can help boost productivity and worker engagement in the long run.

Why embrace flexibility?

We’re still in the Great Resignation, with workers leaving their employers at an unprecedented rate. According to a 2021 survey by Explorance, one of the biggest reasons is that employees don’t feel like their feedback is taken seriously or leads to real change.

Workers have been pushing for flexibility for a long time. Now they’re more committed to achieving it than ever before. In fact, the Mercer survey shows that more than half of employees want to work remotely at least three days a week, while 29% are hoping to work remotely full-time. To attract and retain top talent, you’ll need to find ways to embrace flexibility.

Scales that are evenly weighed

How to embrace flexible work

It’s not enough to simply decide to offer flexible work options. To be successful, you need to proactively create a flexibility plan, effectively communicate it to your entire team and track your results. Here are some tips for successful implementation.

  • Gather feedback. Your employees are individuals with unique needs, and every department has its own strengths and challenges. Talk to people at every level, from managers to frontline workers. Find out which flexibility options they want and what issues they see in implementing them within their departments.
  • Rethink how you measure success. Flexible work means recalibrating what it means to be successful. Make sure you’re focused on outcomes rather than hours spent.
  • Build guardrails. Workplace flexibility requires that you let go of some of the old ways you used to check up on projects. You can’t always walk around to desks and ask employees what they’re working on; you’ll have to trust that they’re being productive and wait for the results. But you can create guardrails to help track progress, such as requiring team reports every Friday.
  • Create a support structure. Some people readily adapt to change, while others take a bit longer to settle in. Make sure that every employee knows where to go with questions or concerns. Proactively check in regularly during the early days. If workers need something from you, do your best to make it happen.
  • Make the office experience special. If you’re requiring or allowing employees to come in, even occasionally, make it a special experience. Don’t ask workers to come in and sit in a cubicle while conducting virtual meetings. Instead, create space for socially distanced collaboration. Offer free snacks. Spiff up the place with warm paint colors, soft textures and comfortable meeting areas that allow social distance.
  • Maximize remote collaboration. Whether your team is fully remote or hybrid, make sure you offer tools for success. Depending on job function, employees might need video-conferencing software, document-sharing tools and other collaboration technology. Consider using a customizable collaboration platform such as Slack to keep everyone communicating and on track.

Putting it all together

Flexible work is here to stay, so smart companies are starting to embrace it. A proactive approach, strong communication and the right tools can go a long way toward helping your flexible team members feel engaged, no matter where or when they do their jobs.

이 포스트가 유용했나요?



피드백을 주셔서 감사합니다.


피드백을 주셔서 감사합니다.

죄송합니다. 문제가 발생했습니다. 나중에 다시 시도해주세요.

계속 읽기


수사관부터 순회 외판원까지, 업무를 진행하는 페르소나와의 만남

전 세계 15,000명의 사무직 직원을 대상으로 고유한 페르소나와 선호하는 커뮤니케이션 방식, 그리고 첨단 기술을 바라보는 관점을 파악하기 위한 설문 조사를 실시했습니다.


허들의 새로운 협업 기능을 통해 업무 환경을 혁신하는 기업들

T-Mobile, Expedia Group, Xero, Slalom은 허들을 사용하여 시간을 절감하고, 효율성을 높이며, 업무 관계를 강화했습니다.


포스트 코로나 시대의 다양한 원격 근무 방식

기업이 어떤 근무 시스템을 도입하든 중요한 점은 원활한 원격 근무를 위해서는 디지털 인프라가 갖추어져 있어야 하며 적절한 협업 툴을 활용해야 한다는 것입니다.


포스트 코로나 시대, 생산성 높게 재택근무 하기

Slack이 재택근무 혹은 원격근무로 마주한 업무 문제들에 솔루션을 제안합니다.