The job market is constantly evolving, and with our daily lives becoming busier, it’s no surprise that employees are asking for more work flexibility. Whether that is working remotely, having flexible hours to accommodate other commitments or working for themselves completely.
With a laptop, good Wi-Fi connection and a mobile phone, it’s easy to stay in touch with colleagues if needed. But are most people favoring working more flexibly and not having to answer to anyone but themselves?
Escaping the 9-5
One of the most highly sought after dreams is to avoid the typical hours of Monday to Friday working from 9am until 5pm. Kelly Atkin from Response Source has stated that it’s predicted 50% of a workforce will work remotely in 2020. Although every industry is different, and some rely on employees being in one communal place, some industries are suited to flexible working and employees are reaping the advantages. When you’re working from home, there is little or no commuting which means less stress before you even step into the office and a carbon footprint reduction on the environment. It also makes employees happier when they can fit their hours around their home life and create an amazing work-life balance.
In a study by Stanford University, it has also been proven that remote working can increase an employee’s productivity by 13%. This is due to them feeling trusted by their employer, and they tend to work more after business hours and they also have less downtime and sick days. Companies are benefiting too, with lower overheads, they don’t need the swanky office and can spend more on acquiring more talented employees. Including running better campaigns with more money behind them and the savings can also be passed back to clients, because there’s no need to cover the cost of offices. It also helps all involved to create meetings with purpose. So, when the team does need to meet face-to-face, it tends to be more structured with the team feeling more productive.
Being able to ask for flexibility can be down to individual industries too. For example, network marketing duo Toni Vans and Jay Treloar, are a team of network marketing consultants who are coaching people to help their businesses thrive. From her own personal success, Toni brings in over 1 billion dollars in sales every year, which is very inspiring to other network marketers.
Through her soon to be released book, she is unlocking all of her secrets to help others, by sharing success stories, leadership strategies and network marketing specifics. Aptly named “So Effing Simple”, her book is a guide to growing a network marketing business and changing your life. Toni and Jay’s work takes them to events across America and Canada to coach other people willing to succeed. They also educate about how effective social media is to grow a business, as it’s a brilliant marketing tool that customers are fully invested in. As social media is available 24-7, it would mean various industries are having to spend more time online where their customers are.