National Work Life Week (2-6 October 2023) is a campaign for improved work-life balance and wellbeing. As an employer, this is a key focus for improved diversity & inclusion…
Employers worldwide are recognising that embracing flexibility is not only a progressive trend but a strategic move towards becoming an inclusive employer. This paradigm shift is proving to be a win-win situation, benefitting both organisations and their diverse workforce.
It’s not news that in recent times we’ve experienced a seismic shift in the workforce as the notion of flexible working has transformed from an employee perk to a vital aspect of fostering an inclusive work environment.
How Flexibility Makes for an Inclusive Employer
Traditional work models, characterised by rigid 9-to-5 office hours, are gradually giving way to a more adaptable approach that acknowledges individual needs and circumstances.
Forward-thinking employers have come to recognise that to be inclusive may also mean to be flexible. In 2023, a one-size-fits-all approach to work no longer suffices.
By adopting flexible work arrangements, businesses open doors to a more inclusive work culture, fostering an environment where employees’ needs are acknowledged and accommodated.
Also flexible work arrangements accommodate diverse lifestyles, such as employees with disabilities, working parents, caregivers, and individuals with different cultural practices.
By offering options like remote work or flexible hours, employers enable their staff to balance their personal and professional responsibilities effectively.
Boosting Employee Morale (and Loyalty)
For many individuals, rigid working hours and traditional office settings can be barriers to employment. By adopting flexible policies, employers open doors to a more diverse talent pool, including individuals who may have previously been excluded from the workforce due to constraints like commuting challenges or health issues.
When people feel that their employer genuinely cares about their well-being and understands their unique needs, they are more likely to stay committed and loyal.
It’s no surprise that a boost in morale may also translate to enhanced performance. Employees who have the freedom to work in a manner that suits them best are often more motivated and productive.
When employees can work at their most productive times or in environments conducive to their creativity, they can produce higher-quality work.
WISE CEO Kay Hussain commented: “As businesses continue to adapt to a rapidly changing world, embracing flexibility becomes a vital step towards building an inclusive workplace where individuals from all walks of life can thrive and reach their full potential.
“By investing in flexible working policies, companies take a proactive stance towards diversity and inclusivity, paving the way for a more equitable and successful future for all.”