Flexible work is fast becoming the norm when it comes to employment, with many workplaces providing this option for their employees. Flexible working conditions give workers some agency over their working life by allowing them to choose certain elements to help align their job with their own unique needs and lifestyle. For example, flexible work conditions typically allow employees to decide on the location of where they want to work (at home or in the office), the time they wish to start or finish (as long as the required hours are done), the days they work, how often they work, and so on. Flexible work conditions usually appeal the most to those with busy schedules outside of work, such as students and parents.

Here are some of the reasons why both employers and employees seem to be making the switch to more flexible work conditions.

Benefits for Employers
Flexible working conditions benefit employers in two key ways.
The first is that when employees are given flexible work options and are able to exercise some freedom in where they work, the hours they work and how they work, they are often happier and more productive. Happy employees are more like to work more efficiently, enhance company morale, and go above and beyond the expectations. When workers have been empowered with the choice to control certain elements of their job to suit their needs, it helps employees feel more valued and give them the motivation to do a good job.

Another key benefit of providing flexible work conditions and hiring flexible workers is that businesses are able to stay more dynamic and nimble. This is because flexible workers help businesses to keep up with fluctuating demand, as they are able to be brought on when needed. Also, proper scheduling of flexible workers may allow businesses to increase their operational hours, without dishing out costly overtime.

Benefits for Employees
Flexible working conditions are beneficial for employees as it allows them to strike a good balance between their careers, potential other jobs and obligations, and their home lives. Instead of work taking over everything and dictating their schedule, employees who enjoy flexible work conditions are able to allocate time for other priorities in their life. For example, flexible work conditions may allow a student to earn some money and have the time they need to do assignments and study for exams.
Flexible work conditions provide workers with a sense of agency and allow them to achieve greater equilibrium amongst the different aspects of their life.

If you're an employer looking for a flexible worker, or a worker looking for a flexible job opportunity, contact as on the Workfast website or call on 1300 824 403.