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Why Be Flexible At Work

Why Be Flexible At Work


Welcome to another episode of done is
better than perfect I’m your host John Grubbs! Welcome to the show… so I want to start by wishing each of you a happy Thanksgiving weekend I am
so thankful for each of you I’m thankful for my longtime followers I’m thankful
for all of you who subscribe to this show and share comments and feedback
each week I just want you to know that you are precious to me so here’s our
topic this show why be flexible at work flexibility is this new concept to some
while challenging and scary to others so I wanted to provide a show that would
help those of you who are well you’re on the bubble between allowing flexibility
at work and sticking to the rigid old paradigm of the past you know paradigm
is a word that reflects our way of thinking about something so what is your
paradigm about work what is your paradigm about being flexible on the job
today I want to challenge you or affirm your thinking so I think everyone would
regularly admit that the work place has changed flexible jobs have increased get
this 115 percent in the last 10 years now do you think this is going to
continue of course it is technology has allowed us to work from almost anywhere
with Google Docs and cloud technology we can access our work just about anywhere
on the planet now in one of my books I predicted the death of the 40-hour work
week because time is the worst way to measure work time does not equate to
being effective in my books I equate to sit put rather than output in other
words the amount of time you does not equal productivity in the past it was
the only way to capture work for pay and that’s just simply not so in most jobs
today now of course there are always exceptions but these exceptions are
getting fewer and fewer I used to say someone in a toll booth needs to be paid
by the hour because they well they can’t predict when people are gonna come along
to pay the toll but now folks in most cities that I commute that’s now
replaced by pay by mail technology you know a nurse still needs to be at a
hospital in case a patient arises I get it
fast-food workers though who used to be just well predominately the only way to
pay them is by the hour but now they’re being replaced by kiosks in place like
McDonald’s and you even see cashiers at stores slowly being replaced by
self-checkout what does all this mean it means that hourly pay is the worst way
to capture productivity and the business itself is making this realizations so
what can flexibility at work look like it could be anything from 100% remote
jobs to 4-day workweeks or offering freedom to work in or
outside the office or even in manufacturing I think we’re gonna start
seeing things like opt-in and opt-out schedules that might be by the week or
even by the day or even by the shift so that workers have flexibility to work
when they want to work now here’s the point that I want you to get from
today’s show if you want to flex you can if you think you should flex you should
and if you think you cannot flex I want you to rethink the future today’s show
I’m gonna share three reasons to consider flexibility for your workforce
and these three reasons I’ll recap them at the end but I want you to really
really soak these in and think about what they might mean for your workplace
now I know the audience might be a CEO that’s thinking about how he or she runs
her organization or it may be even a worker that’s trying to decide you know
what type of company do I want to work for you know if I’m a high value
candidate will flexibility be a large decision factor in the company that I
choose to work for so get your pencils ready make a mental note here’s number
one employee stress decreases and retention increases when you allow
flexibility let me say that again employee stress decreases and your
retention increases when you allow flexibility at work the top value that
employees seek in a potential new job include the following they want to know
what type of work like work-life balance will I have you know these new
generations generation Z and millenials are teaching us that work is not the
epicentre of our life work is not how we define ourselves as older Generation
Xers and even the baby boomers you know we pretty much defined who we were by
our jobs and we’re learning from this young generation that that’s not always
healthy we’re a lot more than what we do for a living
no one’s gonna put where you worked on your stone when you pass away or at
least I hope they do not I hope they focus on what type of father you were
what type of brother you were what type of mother you were I think that is much
more indicative of the human being that we are than merely what we do for a
living now it doesn’t mean that works not important but here are some things
that people want in the jobs of today in the future they want flexible work
options they want control over their work schedule and more than the salary
being offered these things are what they seek does that surprise you that someone
would want work/life balance flexibility control over their schedule more so than
just a sim salary what that tells me is that we
can’t buy our employees we are merely offering them an incentive to work for
us now here’s what employers need to
realize flexibility is slowly becoming a must it’s not an option if you want to
retain top talent you’re gonna have to consider flexing in your organization
and if that makes you angry or makes you sad I just hope you realize that it’s
neither of those it’s just the future the main reasons employees seek flexible
schedules at work is because they want to manage their work-life balance they
want to accommodate family needs and reduce commute time and overall lowering
their stress is the goal now if you can reduce employee stress think about this
employees will feel better at work and in turn they’re gonna be more committed
to you employees who flex their schedules get more sleep at night they
didn’t feel obligated to come into the office while they were sick and we’re
healthier overall so the less stressed an employee is the less likely you are
to burn them out and the more likely they are to stay with you now
that’s number one let’s pause here I want you to make a comment if you agree
or disagree I really want to know your thoughts you will not hurt my feelings
if you disagree with me but most importantly I want to know if you think
that the trends I’m sharing today are realistic and part of the future so make
a comment below here’s number two flexibility is the way of future
generations flexible employment options are
necessary if you want to attract the younger generation of workers why
because they value work/life balance more than any other generation in the
past and part of the draw is flexibility in work life now here’s a stat that may
just blow your mind a staggering 70% of millenials born between 1981 and 2000
have her leaving or considering a new job that
offered guess what more flexibility what do you think of that seventy percent
reported leaving or considering a new job that offered more flexibility
flexible jobs and contract work is the wave of the future we are going to see
more than 50% of all Americans in the gig economy by the year 2025 that means
we’re going to see workers looking for work that allows them time to flex and
you know this this idea of workers who work when they want to is being well the
first evidence of this is the the just the growth of uber because they can turn
on or turn off their work schedule when they want and companies are slowly
mixing permanent office locations meetings are becoming more and more
virtual and here’s the major point if the office space is not necessary any
longer why should set off as hours remain boom
why should set office hours remain if we are no longer requiring office space let
that soak in a minute by the year 2030 10 short years from now office life as
we know it will be gone and most that this most workers will be working in
some remote fashion I said most start preparing for the future now and stay
ahead of the curve think flexibility when you can now here’s reason number
three to offer flexibility at work number three productivity will rise
surprised seventy-seven percent of employees say flexible work hours makes
the workplace more productive for them that is three-quarters of all workers
that were pulled in a recent study say that flexible work hours makes
them more productive now if you doubt this just look up a recent Microsoft
case study on working productivity I think you’ll be surprised at what you
find now when you consider that creativity and productivity the energy
that comes with those aren’t constant throughout the day it is not predictable
every day we’re not going to be equally as productive equally as energetic
equally as creative at all parts of the day so offering flexible hours will
create greater room for higher functioning our specific to each
employee what if you’re the early bird and you like to do work you know you
wake up at 6:00 and you’d like to work between 7:00 and 9:00
and yet you’re stuck in a car commuting or worse what if you’re the what if
you’re the night owl and you get really high energy between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
and now you’ve already spent all of your energy at work everybody’s days are not
the same and this idea of pushing everyone into one reality just simply
does not hold logic now add this to the fact that adjusted or eliminated
commuting and productivity will always be present the average US employee
commutes get this a total of four point three five hours per week folks that’s
half a workday worth of time that could have been spent doing things other than
just driving like personal needs or continued education or actually working
instead of commuting so remember hours should not matter focus on the work
product if the end result is high-quality it should not matter when
or where an employee completed it whether they work during normal work
hours or during a late-night session at home consider this flexibility is the
way of the future if you care to stay relevant as an organization if you care
to stay relevant as an employer consider jumping in to more flexibility on the
job now whether they work during normal hours or during late-night sessions at
home consider this flexibility is the way of the future
and I want to recap our three reasons so here’s number one these are reasons
to flex at work reason number one employee stress is reduced who doesn’t
want to reduce stress in their lives number two flexibility is the way of
future generations it doesn’t matter what I think it doesn’t matter what most
of you think the way of future generations especially Millennials and
generations ears is going to be flexibility and here’s a third reason
productivity will improve I know some of you are just really struggling with that
but there’s enough research out there that you can find on your own very
quickly to support the fact that productivity will improve now if you
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