Encouraging employees to take more control of their working time and respecting their work-life balance is a key recommendation in a guide published by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to promote workplaces that improve employee health and wellbeing.
The aim of the guide published by NICE is to help reduce the 27 million working days lost each year to work-related illnesses.
Aimed at employers, managers and employees the guide aims to encourage organisations to commit to culture change and supportive leadership styles.
Carol Black from the Department of Health, says there is evidence to suggest that the way people work is central to the mental health and overall wellbeing of employees.
The NICE guide calls for employers to encourage employees to design their own jobs so they can achieve a greater balance between their workload and commitments at home. In particular, it asks employers to consider being increasingly flexible about when and how work is completed.
In 2014, the Government extended the right to request flexible working to all employees, not just parents and carers.
Flexible working – The Challenge
It goes without saying that organisations crave the benefits that flexible working presents. They quite rightly like what they hear when they’re told about the efficiencies, productivity and cost savings that can be achieved from implementing flexible working.
But what puts them off is the complexity of the administration involved.
So how can organisations meet this challenge and consider new flexible working requests with confidence?
Transparency in the cloud
Cloud-based Workforce Management is the essential technology required to create a successful flexible working environment.
The latest solutions integrate core business processes which relieve many of the administrative headaches associated with managing a flexible workforce.
Imagine, trying to manage a workforce, all of who are working a variety of different working hours, with a paper-based system?
Let’s be honest it’s impossible. Manual timesheets provide no means of managing a flexible workforce in real-time and only prove to exacerbate the problem further as they are prone to errors.
With real-time access to the cloud, managers can gain instant visibility of their workforce so they can maintain an element of structure and control regardless of when and where employees are carrying out their day-to-day work.
Greater transparency allows managers to consider individual flexible working requests like never before, not only taking into account the impact on the business but also provide flexible working options to staff which they know will have a positive impact on their overall wellbeing.
The great thing about cloud-based technology is that employees can be granted access to the same system too.
This empowers them to work productively from any location with the ability to view their own work schedules, assign working time against specific jobs and make requests direct to their line managers in much the same way as if they were in the office.
Allowing employees to manage their own workload and engage with the company whenever they want is proven to increase job satisfaction.
And, it goes without saying that a happier workforce is more productive, more efficient and much more likely to stay with a company.
So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to embrace the cloud!