2020 is the year when remote working came into its own for millions of American workers. But offering schedule flexibility for your workers, whether it’s working from home or adjusting their schedule to accommodate childcare or some other issue, is a great way to build loyalty in your employees. Here are five advantages of offering flexible scheduling for your light industrial employees.
1. Productivity may increase.
Employees that have more control over their schedules may work harder during the times they’re at work. If it’s an office worker that is allowed to stay home and work remotely occasionally, or a few days a week, their productivity will likely increase, as well. Allowing workers autonomy shows that you trust them. It will make for a happier workforce, which will, in turn, pay you back by putting more into the job.
2. Employees will be less stressed.
When a parent is able to take care of a childcare issue or some other problem without penalty, they will experience less stress. A stressed-out employee is unhappy and they won’t perform at their top levels. If you can alleviate that stress, your workers will have more positive feelings about the job.
3. Absenteeism will become a thing of the past.
It’s hard to balance work and family. Without schedule flexibility, it means your workers will likely have to use sick or vacation days to take care of normal daily life issues. Having a flexible schedule allows workers to take of business while still taking care of the job.
4. Employees are healthier.
When employees are stressed or worried about work or home, it can take a toll on their health. FlexJobs reports that a flexible schedule helped employees “reduce their psychological distress, work-life conflict, and emotional exhaustion.” A University of Minnesota study showed that employees who are allowed flexible schedules take better care of themselves, get more sleep, and experience less stress. Allowing workers to stay home when they are sick, as well as allowing them a morning off if they make up their time, for example, are all ways for employers to make sure that their workers are healthier.
5. Saves money for employers.
If employees work remotely, we know it saves employers in all kinds of ways, including in the office overhead for a company. A remote workforce cuts your electric bills, or other utilities, for example. But allowing employees job and scheduling flexibility will save companies in insurance costs with fewer claims. Too, employee retention should increase, which saves on hiring costs.
Allowing your employees schedule flexibility is a win/win for employees and employers. It’s an important way to let employees know that you trust them and care about their wellbeing, instead of just being worried about production and the company’s bottom line. Employees benefit from their autonomy and will be more loyal to the company in the long run.
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