A flexible work environment is one where companies offer their employees the ability to choose where and when they work. The conventional way of working, being in an office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, at a fixed desk is becoming more and more obsolete, and being replaced with more flexible working styles.

What are the benefits of a flexible work environment?

Giving workers the freedom and flexibility to choose where they work, when they want, to best suit their needs for their workday, can increase productivity, improve employee engagement, and increase talent retention.

Organizations that provide flexibility for their employees are finding they get much more out of their workforce. They harbor environments of trust, and when workers feel more trusted and valued, they tend to be happier and more loyal to the company.

Flexibility in the workplace can also lead to lower stress levels, and improved work-life balance. This results in healthier, more productive employees for the business.

How does the work environment affect productivity?

The workplace is where we spend a large amount of our time and has a large influence on productivity levels. A stressful working environment can inhibit our levels of productivity and hinder attempts to enhance workplace wellness.

There is a growing trend in flexible working to offer workers the freedom and flexibility to choose where and when they work. This can include a mix of workspaces:

  • In the office
  • Remote working from home
  • Third-space or co-working space
  • Cafes or external public spaces

Overall, many companies see the link between more flexible ways of working by offering a variety of spaces to work in, and employees’ productivity levels.

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