July 27, 2015
It’s official – the 9-5 job is dead. Actually, it has been dead for quite some time. Over the last 20 years, as technology has created an unprecedented number of tools to allow people to work anytime, anywhere, the hard boundaries of the workday have eroded. For many people, this is great news. Having the ability to work remotely allows companies to hire people who otherwise couldn’t be part of the talent pool because they don’t live nearby. And flexible schedules allow individuals to create schedules that allow them to do their best work.
Survey after survey has shown that offering flexibility makes employees happier with their jobs, more engaged with their work, and less stressed overall. But to achieve these great benefits, companies have to adapt how they manage. Time behind the desk is no longer a metric for whether or not an employee is working. How can companies manage the flexible workforce? It all comes down to four simple rules:
Leveraging flexible talent is all about open communication, clear expectations, and individualized solutions. While it may take a few tries to get to the perfect fit, it’s worth it for both individuals and employers.
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