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Traditional working practices are no longer fit for purpose; if you want to stay relevant in a post-Covid world, you need a flexible culture. Our new Flex Positive programme will show you how.
How has your organisation responded to the pandemic? If your workforce is mainly office based, it’s likely that you’ve adapted some of your processes to manage the increase in remote working.
But have you reassessed your approach, and developed a proper long-term strategy based on new ways of working? We’re here to offer you flexible working support, with our new Flex Positive programme.
The fact is, the world of work has fundamentally changed – and there is no going back. 13 million people intend to ask to hang on to some of their flexibility permanently. Some are even planning to move further away from cities on the basis that they won’t need to commute to the office as frequently. As a result, many executive boards are having serious conversations about their workplace infrastructure, and rethinking their real estate strategy.
Additionally, the pandemic has triggered a growing realisation that the inclusion and wellbeing of key groups needs to sit at the heart of workplace strategies, rather than being treated as HR add-ons. It has highlighted, for example, that people with caring responsibilities or health issues face extra challenges, and need different support and set-ups to do their best work. This is particularly relevant to the hybrid model of working which is becoming more common.
The good news is that an increasing number of employers now recognise this, and understand that they need to build management capability in order to tackle it successfully. But there is a disconnect between their perception and that of their employees. A recent survey indicated that, while 74% of employers feel they are helping their employees learn the skills they need to work in a new way, only 32% of employees agree.
Clearly, then, there are challenges ahead for employers who want to benefit from the opportunities that new ways of working can bring. We believe these challenges are best tackled by taking a fresh approach to creating and embedding a sustainable flexible culture. And thanks to our years of experience in this area, combined with the unique insights we’ve gained over the past six months about how our clients are tackling the situation, we’re ideally placed to show you how it’s done.
Over the past 15 years, we have given flexible working support to hundreds of employers, helping them develop two-way flexible solutions that deliver on business challenges whilst supporting employees. Our client list ranges from SMEs and public sector organisations to FTSE 100 companies, and includes Deloitte, London Stock Exchange Group, John Lewis and Partners, Linklaters, Skanska, Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation and Network Rail.
Through working with us, organisations like these have seen for themselves that flexible working can support talent attraction and retention, diversity and inclusion and productivity and progression. They’ve benefitted from helping employees improve their work-life balance, wellbeing and mental and physical health, and developed a branding edge by being known as flexible employers.
Post-Covid, these elements are more important than ever; and our Flex Positive programme brings them all together to ensure you’re up to speed. We’ll take you through a clear, step-by-step process, providing you with the tools and frameworks you need to develop and improve sustainable flexible working plans and practices. We’ll assess where you are now, help you work out where you want to be, and give you practical advice and training on how to get there. And we’ll support you to prepare for whatever the future may bring.
As we all learn to adapt to new ways of working, there will be winners and losers, and the organisations that take a proactive approach to flexible working will be best placed to succeed. We’re here to help you get it right; to find out more, email Jo.Basu@timewise.co.uk