I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. ~Everett Dirksen
Flexibility now more than ever is becoming an essential component of a thriving workplace. Both employees and employers are realizing that a high level of autonomy and flexibility at work produces a happy and productive corporate culture.
But what about important things like structure? Schedules? Deadlines? And reporting to work during business hours? Can you really hope to run a business at the highest level when employees are given a great amount of flexibility?
We would argue yes, you can. At Vision Offices, we value and encourage a balanced, flexible work environment. One way we do this is by equipping our executive suites in Scottsdale with things like a fitness center, showers, café, steam rooms and even courtyard meeting areas to get out of the office on those nice sunny days.
In reality, a business that encourages flexibility over rigid rules and procedures can glean more employee productivity and therefore greater revenue. Why is this?
For one thing, flexibility promotes employee health, happiness, work-life balance and overall job satisfaction. Think about it, happy employees tend to work harder, faster and more efficiently than disgruntled workers who are exhausted and bored. Happy employees are also more likely to stick around, which means less turnover (and money saved).
Employees with options like flexible work schedules actually are healthier and have lower blood pressure, less fatigue and exhaustion and better mental health, according to a study by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Workplace flexibility reduces employee stress. Stressed out employees tend to have negative attitudes and high levels of dissatisfaction with their jobs. It can hinder things like teamwork and collaboration. Stress can also directly impact employee health. Allowing your employees certain privileges like setting their own hours, telecommuting, job sharing and flexible schedules can mitigate this stress.
When people work in a flexible workplace, they have a greater sense of control and accountability. And those are good things for an independent, motivated and productive employee. When workers feel in control of their lives, they may take a greater responsibility getting their work done and experience a higher level of satisfaction.
A flexible workplace is a big draw for recruiting new employees. According to a survey by the Washington Post, 88 percent of workers think that workplace flexibility is important. This is the same amount of people that say health care benefits are important; this percentage is actually greater than the percentage of respondents who said they valued the chance for a promotion. So it’s not hard to see why this kind of environment is extremely attractive for job seekers.
Here at Vision Offices, our tenants thrive in a culture of flexibility and productivity – we believe that the two go hand in hand. That’s why we work so hard to take care of all the little details of your executive office suite, so you can make time for more important things.
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