Other than some extra cash, the two things’ employees want the most are time and choice. For the many Americans that are required to work onsite, this flexibility is difficult to come by and even harder for employers to give. A June 2022 Gallup survey reveals that almost half of U.S. workers have on-site jobs in industries such as manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, education, and service. While many workers in these sectors desire the flexibility to work from home, it is often not feasible, and therefore companies need to incentivize their employees with a different set of flexible options. Some ideas to employ are:
- Four 10-hour day work weeks
- Three 12-hour day work weeks
- Flexible Start and End times
- Choice over which days they work
- Choice over which hours they work per day
- Increased PTO or vacation time
Incorporating some of these benefits into your company is the best way to keep your employees happy and increase company retention, otherwise employees may choose to find another workplace that does provide them with the desired flexibility. For example, when the Gallup survey asked which options, they would change jobs to obtain, the top choices of on-site employees were increased PTO or vacation time (57%) and four-day workweeks (44%). However, as an employer if you don’t think you can make any of these changes, you can implement a rotating schedule to have people working the full 5 days a week, but each individual only works 4 days. This will lead to an increase in employee loyalty and harder work because they see you are working with their needs. Not only will this change make your employees happier, but you will also have an easier time recruiting employees when promoting these benefits and having other employees speak to a positive work schedule and environment.
To determine the best flexibility alternatives for on-site employees, leaders should involve them in the decision-making process. Great managers who set clear goals, provide ongoing feedback, prioritize employee development, and foster a culture of accountability contribute more to engagement and productivity than perks and benefits alone. Regardless of the work location, individual productivity, collaboration, customer value, and overall employee well-being are essential factors to consider when implementing flexibility options.
To learn more about how to improve flexibility at your workplace, reach out to an agent at Diversified for more resources.
DII is your partner in business success and keeping your employees happy. Our team of experts can work with you to understand the best way to institute benefits that appeal to everyone while still keeping your business running. Please contact your DII representative for more information. #Benefits #Flexibility #2023