Workplace culture is evolving, and what was right in the past isn’t necessarily right for today and the future. People are starting to see flexibility as a right, not a privilege. It is the future of careers and workforces. Businesses that prioritise and successfully put in place effective workplace flexibility are likely to realise the benefits of a more engaged, productive, and resilient workforce, accelerating a healthier workplace culture.
Organisations have a tremendous opportunity, but to fully realise these benefits they need to keep up to speed with the changing definition of flexibility, challenge deep-rooted organisational norms, and reevaluate what is possible.
While workplace flexibility can bring numerous benefits, it comes with many challenges. A critical one is that the needs of people across the business vary significantly, especially in organisations with a very diverse workforce. Not all workers have the same freedom which may cause difficulties and frictions. Flexibility is as much in demand among non-office workers as it is for office workers. An equitable culture is one that recognises that the same approach doesn’t work for everyone, and leaders need to find different ways to accommodate the needs of their diverse workforce.
From our experience, organisations who are effectively navigating the flexibility needs of their people in a fair and equitable way:
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On our next ‘In Conversation with Q5: Rethinking Flexibility: How to build & retain your best workforce in 2023’ webinar (Thursday, 8 June, 17:00-18:00 BST) we will be discussing this topic in more detail. Register here.