What Are the Benefits of Flexible Working?
According to GOV.UK, flexible working is “a way of working that suits an employee’s needs.”
Flexible working can take place at home, but more often than not, it will be carried out in an open office environment –– in other words, a coworking space.
In these spaces, employees, freelancers and entire enterprises can enjoy the endless benefits of a serviced office, including a more diverse community, opportunity for collaboration, thoughtful office design, rigorous hygiene standards and top-quality customer service. These are benefits even more people will be eager to try since the rise of coronavirus. Companies and individuals alike are beginning to open their eyes to the financial, social and professional benefits of flexible working, with 13 million Brits predicted to request permanent flexible working arrangements as a result. So, what can this boatload of new flexible workers expect? In this blog, we cover six of the best flexible working benefits that never get old.
Six of the Best Flexible Working Benefits
There are countless benefits to engaging in flexible work. For companies entering into serviced office arrangements, flexible working can dramatically cut overhead costs, reduce liability and provide a better work environment for employees. Yet, the six key benefits we cover in this blog are felt by every individual –– be that an employee, freelancer or business owner.
Flexible working benefits include:
- Enhanced work environment
- Community support
- Self-set scheduling
- Happier, healthier lifestyle
- Fabulous facilities
- Natural networking.
With an enhanced work environment and the ability to dictate your schedule, flexible workers find getting into the groove of work a breeze. As a result, they also experience a healthier, happier lifestyle. Yet flexible work also has benefits beyond the daily workload. Community support, fabulous facilities and the opportunity to network on your terms gives flexible workers a greater social sphere and platform to enjoy the office –– even outside of working hours.
Enhanced Work Environment
A regular office leaves much to be desired with drab colour schemes, cramped desk arrangements and basic facilities. Offices are a place to avoid, wherever possible. Coworking spaces pride themselves on providing state-of-the-art interiors and facilities that make work environments enjoyable.
Most of our coworking spaces have extended opening hours –– above and beyond the normal nine-to-five. Why? Well, our members can choose when to work, perhaps getting into the office earlier to reserve more time spent with family in the evening. Others might use flexible environments to prioritise their hobby, working hours that suit their wider schedule of events. Some members love the way we work so much that they aren’t desperate to hit the road once the clock ticks five. With friendly faces, sparkling shower facilities and a calendar of year-round events, it’s easy to hang back at work, collaborate, freshen up and expand your professional horizons. This focus on creating an optimal environment means coworking providers are always first to step up to the mark in terms of industry change, social shifts and other external factors. We’ve also taken precautions to protect our members from the spread of coronavirus –– going above and beyond the government guidelines.
The biggest benefit of flexible working is hidden in plain sight –– in the name coworking. Coworking is all about collaboration with office politics and competitive peers — with discrimination left at the door. If you’re looking to escape an insulated company environment and step into a diverse, welcoming world, flexible working is the perfect fit. Our coworking space locations offer a sense of community to our members, as well as the support of our on-site team. Members choose to be part of the community –– rather than part of company culture by default –– making this a hub of genuinely engaged people. Our coworking teams help you with day-to-day tasks and take on board suggestions for upgrading our workplace, upcoming events and any other ideas you have to help us better support our community.
Flexible workers embrace their strengths and weaknesses by playing to them. Night owls and early birds can set their work schedule to optimise the times they feel most productive, whether that’s before sunrise or just before sunset. This is what we mean by self-set scheduling where you decide the boundaries of your day –– not dictated by bosses, building restrictions or any other authority. For companies, this means happier, more efficient workers, with less low morale and clock watching. For the workplace, it means decreased congestion. Funnily enough, the ability to decide when and how you work makes you do it more often. Studies show that flexible workers achieve more, are off sick less and work longer hours than regular office-goers.
Healthier, Happier Lifestyle
On the surface, flexible work is a lifestyle choice. It’s a choice that can improve your life, to make you happier and healthier as a result. Office workers should stand up for at least two hours a day according to a panel of experts, commissioned by Public Health England. This guidance is made possible by sprawling coworking spaces that have communal areas as well as private desks and meeting rooms.
Flexible work makes all of those fancy office buildings in movies come to life. From yoga studios and complimentary snacks to swanky meeting rooms and stable WiFi, coworking spaces sport impressive facilities that most office workers could only dream of. Again, this makes our members want to spend more time coworking and get social in their workspace. Despite the current coronavirus restrictions, our members will no doubt still get along like a house on fire, making safe use of our bike racks, communal coffee machines and free-to-use meeting rooms.
Networking is an essential business activity, yet it can often feel forced, awkward and even daunting to take part in. When joining a coworking space, networking begins to feel more organic as you meet fellow members during the workday. Flexible work can open you up to new opportunities in this way, allowing you to get your head down without burying it in a pile of papers. On average, flexible coworkers say they meet 3.6 useful new acquaintances in two months, proving that growing your circle isn’t so hard when you engage in flexible work.