Some people still look at workplace flexibility (the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and hopefully be measured by outputs not inputs) as a perk or a bonus whereas the future employee looks at workplace flexibility as a standard way to get work done. The reality is that offering workplace flexibility is quite simply a competitive advantage. Assume that you have employees interviewing at your company (which I’m sure many of you do, every day). New, young, bright, and talented people who have a lot of promise to make valuable contributions. These future employees are becoming pickier with where they want to work and if it comes down to working at a company with flexibility or one without it (even if the pay is a bit higher), most will chose the company that supports flexibility. This means that your organization will have a hard time recruiting top talent. Not only that but you can also expect to see many of your existing employees gravitating to competitive companies that offer flexibility, so not only will you have a hard to recruiting new top talent, you will also be shedding your existing talent.
Thanks to today’s collaboration technologies workplace flexibility has never been easier to deploy and make a reality. I work and speak with companies all over the world who are quickly realizing the value of making this change and the absurdity of not making this change.
Still think workplace flexibility is just a nice perk?