Workplace Flexibility- Strengthening Employee Relations

Posted in Human Resources Articles, Total Reads: 3635 , Published on 25 April 2011

Finance, marketing, operations and human resources form the four pillars of any organization. Of these, employees and personnel form the most dynamic yet pivotal part of the business foundation. Organisations take a lot of effort to nurture employees in achieving organizational goals. Training, incentives, employee benefits etc are some of the activities which companies undertake to keep employees focused on their job.  But despite this, there is still a high attrition rate. And one important factor which forces the employees to quit is the lack of workplace flexibility.

Work place flexibility allows employees in companies to sometimes have options of working as per their situation and requirements. This gives the employees a sense of belongingness to the company, and thus it improves their efficiency and loyalty towards their management. Organisations which provide a flexible environment to their team stand a better chance of giving positive results.

Work Life Balance

Some important points which come under workplace flexibility and can improve employer-employee relations are discussed below.

• Work from home :

Work from home option to employees is one of the most important tools of flexible work places. Once in a while, employees can choose to work from their home when the work load in office is not significant. The benefits of sometimes allowing employees working from home is that apart from doing their official work, they can finish off some pending personal work. Also, it cut down on and reduces office expenses minutely. Therefore, work from home gives a personal support to employee employer relation.


• Flexible working hours :

Some organisations have rigid processes and are extremely critical of the timings of office hours. Employees who are late are severely punished in monetary terms or during promotions. However, organisations must realize that people get genuinely affected by traffic, personal problems etc. Thus, it is essential to have a slight flexibility in the working hours, so that employees can reach and leave office on a convenient pattern that suits both them and the company. However, the company must ensure that flexibility shouldn't be misused.


• Special working ethics :

Organisations must consider certain factors in giving employees slight freedom. A few conditions like for e.g. women with young children, employees with ailing parents etc should be allowed certain flexibility. The management shouldn't over burden them with work and should provide personal support to them.


• Leaves : 

Apart from public holidays, employers must consider giving leaves on certain factors which would either benefit the organization in the long run or which are personal to the employee. Study leaves, maternity leaves, advance leaves, medical emergency leaves etc all come under work place flexibility.


• Transfer and vocational preference :

Organisations must be willing to adjust with the vocational preferences of employees during their transfers. Employees might not want to relocate to certain places due to personal problems, health backgrounds etc. Thus, have a flexible option for employees gives them a sense of security.


On the other hand, if an organization doesn't have an adjusting environment, it becomes difficult for employees to adapt to the situation and leads to a high rate of attrition.



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