As of June 2014, employees who have been with a business for 6 months or more have the right to ask for flexible working to achieve that all important work-life balance.
Though historically the advantages of flexible working have been more obvious for the employees, many businesses now recognise it as an opportunity from which they too can reap many benefits.
Being able to draw from a wider talent pool when thinking of expansion, save money on office space, and attract and keep top talent with the promise of empowering employees to be more in control of their career are all points in favour of embarking on a journey to make flexible working a reality for your business.
Business continuity is also a key area to benefit from such arrangements, as flexible working policies can be a key element of a robust business resilience plan. If the worst were to happen to your physical offices, with a watertight recovery plan and with your employees working remotely, you can minimise downtime whilst recovering from an emergency.
Of course, making flexible working a reality requires careful consideration for all areas of the business from HR, to finance, facilities management to IT in order to maximise the benefits of such an arrangement and to ensure both sides are happy with the outcome.
The top 3 IT considerations for implementing flexible working policies into your business:
- Mobile device management – it is crucial to have the right mobile security policies in place to enable your employees to work the way they want whilst keeping your corporate data safe.
- BYOD – being able to use their own devices means that employees have even more tools available to perform their work. Again, the right policies to manage these devices is crucial to ensure that security is not compromised.
- Team working with unified communications – integrating real-time communication across the whole of your business using telephones, emails, instant messaging and video conferencing will enable your employees to communicate with each other seamlessly regardless of whether they are sat next to each other or on opposite ends of the globe.
If you’d like to find out more about how to use technology to implement flexible working in your organisation, give us a call on 020 7043 7044 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.