Okay, I'm NOT talking about THAT "F-Word." I'm talking about the "F-Word" that strikes fear inside of many organizations...
It's amazing how many organizations act as if Flexibility is a swear word. The next thing that happens is that managers start talking about Millennials and how they need to get a better work ethic.
Wake Up People!
We're in an employee-driven market. Most of the organizations I am working with are looking to hire additional talent. And you've got to know that Millennials, X-ers, and yes, even BABY BOOMERS are all asking for more workplace flexibility.
So don't get stuck in a 19th century leadership model simply because that's the way it's always been done. Or worse yet, because you can't figure out -- or don't want to figure out -- how you can make a flexible system work at your organization.
Let's look at some data.
Why do good employees leave? 33% say because their employers were not flexible.
Why are your good employees even looking? 97% of applicants are looking for flexibility.
How can you improve employee loyalty? 80% of employees point to flexible work options.
FLEXIBILITY is a very CHEAP benefit. All it takes is a little bit of up-front work and creativity, the willingness to embrace change, and a system to oversee the details
So what's in it for you?
1. A reputation for being a great place to work.
2. An increase in the number of qualified candidates that apply for your job postings.
3. The privilege of being able to choose between qualified candidates.
4. The joy of working with engaged staff.
5. The cost-savings of improved retention.
6. The security of knowing you CAN replace poor performers.
7. Improved productivity.
Maybe flexibility is actually another word for organizational success!