Flexible working can dramatically increase productivity
The global coronavirus pandemic has significantly changed the way companies work. If in 2018-2019 in Europe there were 25% of companies with flexible working hours on average, then statistics for 2020 show that in Germany alone 80% of enterprises switched to such a model, in the Netherlands 75%, in the States -69%, and on average worldwide the figure is 62%.
The flexible model of work implies that a person is not obliged to sit in the office from 9.00 to 18.00, some days the employee works at home or in a coworking space. If this is possible and does not affect the workflow, he can also choose the time at which it is more convenient for him to complete tasks.
An interesting fact is that many companies have experienced a drop in productivity in the transition to flexible working hours. Experts say that this happened due to the lack of an adequate control system and automated solutions for organizing remote work. Most employees are accustomed to resolving issues by going into each other’s offices, organizing personal meetings and meetings. It took some time to learn to skillfully use modern technological solutions in the field of communications.
However, at the moment, many employees have appreciated the benefits of this mode of operation. HR specialists of the Ukrainian market observe a tendency towards a shift in the direction of searching for “remote” or free schedule.
Psychologists, in turn, note that such freedom enables people to take a more responsible approach to planning, completing tasks on time, and increasing responsibility for fulfilling their duties. The flexible mode allows staff to harmoniously integrate personal and family activities into their lives, and thus to do much more during the day.
In addition, each person has his own individual biological clock: someone thinks better in the morning, someone is more active in the afternoon. There are days when there is a lot of energy, but there are days when the head hurts and everything falls out of hand.
Thus, we come to the conclusion that a person who knows how to listen to himself is capable of much greater productivity in a flexible work model. In this case, managers need to provide their employees with process automation tools and remote access to electronic documents. As this year has shown, companies need to adapt to the new reality and the mix of remote and office work can be a salvation for many enterprises.