Employees have been conveying every now and then that they are more productive when they are able to bring a balance between their professional and personal life. Enhancements in work schedules have been the top prerequisites of employees and parameters for candidates who are seeking a job change. Furthermore, underneath is the evidence that demonstrates what employees truly need and get with workplace flexibility. CareerBuilder has put forth the results from different studies and what is the end results, which employers can take away as a strategy towards employee retention.
What do the studies say?
According to a survey of over 19,000 employees at 9 companies in sectors including financial, manufacturing, technical, pharmaceutical and professional services,
# Stress was lesser amongst employees engaged in flexible workplace arrangements.
#The better flexible work place set up, the better was the health of employees.
Benefit 1: Reduced Stress Levels
# Employees working flexibly are more contended with their jobs.
# Employees working flexibly are able to balance their lives.
# Happy employees are further more productive & less likely to seek a new job.
# Happy employees further enjoy a stress free life- both at work & office.
What else do the studies say?
According to the research conducted by The National Study of the Changing Workforce (NSCW),
# Employees with flexible work timings showed less negative spillover between professional & personal life.
# Employees with less negative spillover impaired higher productivity.
Benefit 2: Reduced Negative Spillovers
# Employees with flexible work schedules have higher devotion to their jobs.
# Employees with flexible work schedules experience less spillovers of work at home and office.
# Happy employees further deliver better creativity and innovation at work.
# Happy employees further have a more balanced mind.
Some more statistics
According to a meta-analysis of 60 studies published in the United States, and study on managers employed in 5 different countries,
# Employees with flexible work schedules experience lower levels of family conflict.
# Reduced family conflict resulted in greater overall life satisfaction.
Benefit 3: Enhanced Work Life Balance
Since an employee’s work life affects the family situation, individuals with flexible arrangements tend to maximize work-family balance.
# Work flexibility provided employees are more likely to minimize family conflicts.
# Happy employees further enjoy greater job satisfaction.
# Happy employees are better able to improve their performance at work & home.
Benefit 4: Improved Physical & Mental Well Being
# Employees with more flexibility at work have healthier lifestyle behaviors.
# Employees with flexible workplaces are less likely to take sick leaves.
# Employees with flexible arrangements experience better quality of sleep, less tiredness, improved alertness, and stable blood pressure.
# Happy employees are able to deal effectively with any work-related impairments.
Overtime working, work pressure, stringent work hours never have any studies talking of success stories of employees. Workplace flexibility is the easiest, inexpensive approach, which not only ensures employee retention but also helps employers in improving employee engagement, candidate attraction and employer branding.