It’s time to bid adieu to the “traditional” office. Jobs are changing. Talent recruitment is fiercer. Models are developed daily to accommodate the shifts required to stay dynamic in an environment where information is king. A work day is no longer about clocking in, completing work and clocking out. It’s more about getting things done, wrapping up projects and servicing clients. Just as importantly, it no longer matters where you are when doing your work as long as it gets done.
Perhaps the most notable change in the workplace revolution is the rise of telecommuting and flexible work schedules. A survey by Global Workplace Analytics says that about 66 percent of employees want the option to work from home – so much so that many would forego a pay raise for the opportunity.
From an employer’s point of view, telecommuting offers instant cost savings. For example, allowing people to work even when they are sick and at no risk of spreading illness. Workers can also duck out for appointments, haircuts and the like without having to leave work for several hours. Relocating workers also becomes much less of an issue; Nortel is one of the companies realizing big savings, with figures indicating $100,000 saved per employee who does not need relocation expenses.
Of course, not every person has the opportunity (or the desire) to telecommute 100 percent of the time. Good thing, then, that smart talent recruitment strategies have seen workplace culture evolving in multiple ways. Going with the approach of flexibility, many workplaces use movable desks and other methods such as overlap zones to encourage collaboration. Greenery, superdesks and office pets have also become part of the workplace revolution.
A Focus on Value and Results
Before, quite a few managers believed that someone who clocked in and out as required was getting things done. Pitfalls of this approach included the rise of “busywork,” basically the creation of work to fill time. Boredom and lack of challenge were other pitfalls of the clock in-clock out approach. Now, more workplaces recognize that different workers have various strategies and work styles that help them be most successful. The focus is on whether the work gets done and how well. This is a big plus in helping companies recruit the best talent because workers know they will be recognized and promoted based on their merits.
Small workplace revolutions take place every day, adding up to larger revolutions. Work-life balance is even more achievable, as benefits such as telecommuting better enable workers to meet personal and family obligations while actually becoming more productive.