Tue 17 Jul 2007
Managing a Flexible Workplace
Managing a workplace can often be a big headache. Managing a flexible workplace is even a bigger headache. It is essential that you as the business owner have the right schedule chalked out and make sure the work to be done is completed.
Here are a few tips that will help you to manage a flexible workplace efficiently, thus benefiting you, the employer, and your employees as well.
Flex Time is the key to a successful flexible workplace. Work schedules have to be made in such a way that employees can do the maximum amount of work in the minimum amount of time. This does not mean that employees work extra hours. They can learn to work smartly and use the shortest way possible to get work done. This is the key to getting the work done on time within the flexible work period.
Good benefit packages help to motivate your employees and build up their morale. Some of the benefits that you can and should offer are: health insurance for single as well as married employees, family-based perks and childcare benefits. Another important benefit is a 401k or pension plan. This lets employees know that while you want the work done, you also care about their futures.
There should be flexibility in the leave policy of your business. If feasible, employees should be allowed to cluster their paid leaves and use them all at one time. Giving extended leave to an employee could increase the burden on the other employees and disrupt their routines, so design a flexible leave policy keeping in mind the goals and needs of your business. Paid sick leave or vacation leave policies should be adopted.
There are several other ways to manage a flexible workplace. The main aim should be to give your employees enough time to get work done while also taking time to be with their families.