Written by Kimberley Startup | May 28, 2014
We aren’t in the rigid 9-5 world we used to be – neither you, nor your employees. Indeed, much focus on the benefits of flexible working has thus far been on the workers themselves. What’s in it for you as you search for recruitment agencies?
Quite a lot, actually. Small businesses that embrace flexible working patterns from their employees aren’t just in a better position in the recruitment game. They can also be more responsive when their workers aren’t chained to their desks. You don’t need to spend as much money on office space, either.
But let’s focus on how you can make flexible working central to your small business.
1. Consider your workplace
Every business has a different dynamic. Consider how your own workplace works. Ask existing employees – do they want to work more flexibly, and if so, how?
2. Work with your employees
Agree on how you will use your space, communicate with each other and keep up productivity. Keep your employees abreast of what the plan is, and everyone will be happier.
3. Know your staff members
How do your employees need to work? Do they need to stay in or out of the office? Do they work entirely from home or elsewhere, spend all of their time at your workplace or some kind of balance between the two? Do the same for your candidates and incoming employees, so that you can fit them into the wider picture.
4. Fail to prepare? Then prepare to fail…
Look how other businesses have made a similar transition, and learn the lessons for your own workplace. Ask yourself how much office space you really need. You might require space for every employee, every day of the week… or you might be better-served by a smaller office space.
Then, start planning. Design your office space and consider how you can simplify processes and manage your staff and their use of technology.
5. Manage the transition
Both existing employees and any incomers via recruitment agencies need to be kept fully involved in any change from fixed to flexible working. Give your employees the support that they need, cater to their needs and keep them engaged about the whole thing.
Follow these steps, and you’re sure to have an effective flexible workforce before too long. Plus, with the better employee retention that more flexible businesses report, you won’t be rushing to recruitment agencies for new personnel quite so often.