Employee contentment

Written by Charlott

11. February 2021

Increased employee contentment by working flexibly

There are many ways to sustainably improve employee satisfaction in your company. Meaningful tasks, a suitable corporate culture, a good salary and, increasingly important in recent years, flexible working models.

Work-Life-Balance thanks to Flexibility

According to a study by Step Stone, 90% of the respondents would like to have more flexibility during their workdays. This has been strongly driven by Corona in particular. Freely selectable working hours, flexitime and remote working all falls into this category.

It doesn’t always have to be 9-5. And always sitting in your seat at the office is mostly constricting and counterproductive. Which also proves another study: Working from home can increase one’s productivity enormously, as there are fewer distractions and one works in a more concentrated manner. Another positive development: There were fewer sickness reports.

Loneliness due to Home Office

Nevertheless, home office is not the only solution in the long run: It quickly becomes apparent that for many, a feeling of loneliness and isolation develops. But it is possible for the employer to support its employees if they do not cope well with the constant home office.

One solution – if it is desired – is to offer a hybrid form: In addition to the home office, the rental of a flexible workplace in a coworking space or office, e.g. via independesk, could be offered as an option. At the same time, the company saves costs for fixed workstations and renting entire floors in their respective offices or buildings.

Motivation as a Core Factor

The more motivated an employee is, the more efficiently and reliably is his work. Therefore, it is important that he finds encouragement and that his most important needs are met so that he can be retained. Frustrated and unmotivated employees quickly move on to the next company, which might be more likely to meet their requirements.

Preparation is the Key

In times of proceeding digitalization, leaders need to establish firm rules for flexible working, to keep pace and lead a company with an increasingly remote workforce. It’s all about creating processes for the remote employees and setting up routines to lay the groundwork: Who is where, and is working when on what?

Of course, this also includes introducing a new meeting culture – are all the technical prerequisites in place? What do the employees need?

One of the biggest mistakes is controlling your team and employees and not giving them the feeling that they are trusted. This only leads to unnecessary stress and frustration.

Learning?

The ideal solution is to offer a mixture of a remote workplace and an office. Independesk offers a simple and fast solution for companies with their company accounts, through which the employees are allowed choose their individual workplace and freely adapted to their needs, on a daily basis.

What this looks like can be very different, because remote working does not always have to take place at home – whether in a nearby café, in a quiet hotel room or in a coworking space, it can happen from anywhere.

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