Make flex­i­bil­ity work for ev­ery­one

Sunday Times - - Careers -

● The days of work­ing strictly 9 to 5 are well over. Tech­nol­ogy means we can work any time, any­where, and more peo­ple are de­mand­ing a more flex­i­ble work life.

Not all com­pa­nies have been ea­ger to em­brace these changes, but Paul Bur­rin, the vice-pres­i­dent of Sage Peo­ple, says mak­ing em­ploy­ees hap­pier by al­low­ing them to con­trol their work sched­ule is good for com­pa­nies, too.

He has this ad­vice:

● The lines be­tween work and home have be­come blurred. Many jobs that had to be done at a par­tic­u­lar place can now be done from your kitchen ta­ble or lo­cal cof­fee shop. Modern work re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of­ten re­quire staff to in­ter­act with more peo­ple in dif­fer­ent time zones. As a re­sult, con­straints on how, where and when we work should be up­dated to re­flect this cul­tural shift.

● Com­pa­nies are bat­tling to at­tract and keep skilled em­ploy­ees, which means work­ers can be more se­lec­tive, and firms of­fer­ing more flex­i­ble work­ing hours will be bet­ter at keep­ing their su­per­stars.

● Trust­ing em­ploy­ees to be pro­duc­tive from a re­mote lo­ca­tion is more likely to make them trust­wor­thy than watch­ing them from across the of­fice. — Mar­garet Har­ris

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