Want to improve employee satisfaction and productivity? Offer workplace flexibility.

When it comes to attracting top talent, many employers turn their eyes toward flexibility in the workplace. As an employer, you’re hiring human beings, not robots. That means employee engagement should be a top priority when you recruit candidates and assess the overall happiness of your current employees. Businesses unwilling to be flexible are likely to lose out in the war for talent.

Defining employee flexibility in the workplace

It is important for employers to understand that workplace flexibility is more than giving employees schedules that best suit their needs or allowing them to work from home on certain days. The study’s authors said flexibility encompasses a broad spectrum of work arrangements, including the following:

  • Flexible arrival and departure times
  • Full-time work from home or location independence
  • Choice and control in work shifts
  • Part-time work from home

Workplace flexibility doesn’t just mean working remotely, It includes all types of working arrangements, [including] when to take breaks, working from home or caregiving leave. While no employer can accommodate every option, they can provide a range that appeals to a variety of candidates.

The research found that choosing when they start and end their shifts and being able to work from where they want are the two flexible workplace policies that employees desire most. Specifically, 26% of the employees surveyed said flexible arrival and departure times are most important, with 22% saying they prefer the ability to work from home or any other place they choose.

Flexible schedules can not only satisfy your current employees, but also appeal to potential job candidates and lure in those with busy lives.

Flexibility in the workplace impacts how you attract, hire and retain top talent for your business. As you invest in establishing a solid work-life balance for your current and future employees, consider implementing flexible scheduling to increase employee satisfaction and help you recruit top talent for your business