Defining Flexible Work Elements

For over 15 years, Corps Team has evangelized the benefits of the flexible workplace. As we match up professionals with progressive companies, we continue to see first-hand how both employee and employer benefit from flexible work options. For that reason, we strive hard to practice what we preach in our corporate and franchise offices by offering flex hours and telecommuting options. We are proud to announce that for our commitment to this movement, Corps Team was just awarded the prestigious Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility for the second year!

But what exactly is a flexible work option? As we meet with hiring managers across the country we often hear statements like, ” We don’t offer part-time or virtual jobs at our company”, or, “Flexibility would never work in our company culture.” It seems the term “flexibility” is often misunderstood because it means different things to different people.

Offering flexible work elements doesn’t have to be extreme or complicated.  At Corps Team, we break the options down into three categories.

– For many years, companies have found great results hiring part-time employees that work less 40 hours a week. The company gains a valuable set of skills without committing to full salary and benefits. In some cases two part-time employees share a full-time position, commonly called a job share.

Modified Hours-This is often the perfect scenario for working parents that want to work a full 40-hr week but on a schedule that allows them to spend more time with their kids after school.Many employers find that allowing employees to start early and leave early, for example 7am-3pm, can actually increase the service levels they can provide to customers.

Modified Workweek– Many companies are beginning to offer a 4-day work week, allowing employees that work 10 hours a day to have a 3-day weekend. Shortening the workweek is not just a boon to employees who get more time at home and less time and cost of telecommuting, but can actually cut operational costs .

– With the amazing advances in technology, some companies are now offering the option to telecommute one or more days a week. Many jobs are now completely virtual. Employees save on commuting costs and time ,while companies save on real estate and other operating costs affiliated with traditional work arrangements.

Minimal Travel – Business travel is often a detriment for working professionals, especially those with family commitments. Reducing the amount of required business travel can be a intangible benefit for experienced talent.

Reduced Commute Time – Time is money; when an employee spends less time commuting, he or she accrues a benefit in the form of work-life balance.

– Many industries or disciplines, for instance Accounting , have specific busy seasons where trained, experienced full-time employees are required year after year. Seasonal employees appreciate the balance of scheduled meaningful work with time to manage personal needs.

Project-based – Sometimes even the best staffed company has a specific project or initiative that requires subject-matter expertise. Many professionals savor the short-term nature of specific, time-based projects.

Temporary – Life is unpredictable. The Brand Manager of the hottest new product suddenly has to take family leave…the company needs a short-term backfill. Companies like Corps Team are connected with hundreds of capable professionals that are thrilled to step in.

“Workplace flexibility” should not strike fear or panic in the heart of employers.  It is a movement where a “little” goes a long way in terms of economic health and employee satisfaction.

We would love to hear how you are implementing flexibility in your workplace. Please share your comments below.


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