A paradigm shift is underway. Attitudes towards flexible work are being relentlessly redefined, particularly amongst young talent. More than ever, younger generations are predominantly seeking employers that understand and emphasise the importance of a good work-life balance, implementing new systems within their organisation that cater to this with a flexible work model. In fact, according to the Equality & Human Rights Commission, some 92% of people born between 1980 and 2000 identified flexibility as a top priority when job hunting. It’s clear that societal values surrounding work are evolving, with Gen Z and Millennials alike being less likely to pursue full-time in-office jobs at the expense of personal fulfilment. 

However, despite these observable shifts in attitude, businesses are still attempting to seek young talent through job offers void of flexibility. Arguably, this is largely down to lack of technology to facilitate flexible work models. Implementing new technology to configure your business and handle a flexible workforce can be intimidating, but this change is crucial, and managers agree. 73% of UK managers believe  flexible working boosts productivity (University of Birmingham) – zero flexibility puts you at a competitive disadvantage.

Transforming your business’ work model seems daunting at first. However, after understanding how simple managing a flexible workforce can be, many often wonder why fully office-based roles existed in the first place! In this blog, we’ll take you through 4 ways in which businesses can use technology to effectively handle a flexible workforce. 

Implementing Communication & Collaboration Tools

Invest in robust communication and collaboration tools to facilitate seamless interactions among remote and flexible workers. Video conferencing platforms, instant messaging apps, and project management tools can enable real-time communication, virtual meetings, and file-sharing. These tools promote collaboration, information sharing, and teamwork regardless of physical location. This way, organisations can ensure that remote and flexible workers stay connected and aligned with the rest of the team. 

Cloud-Based Systems

Adopt cloud-based systems and applications for data storage, document sharing, and payroll. Cloud platforms allow employees to access files and applications from anywhere, enabling seamless collaboration. Cloud-based payroll software allows flexible workers to access their payroll information from anywhere. They can submit timesheets, view payslips, update personal information, and request leave or time off remotely. The accessibility and convenience of cloud-based systems eliminates the need for physical presence in the office, allowing flexible workers to manage their work and payroll duties from anywhere.

Performance Tracking and Analytics Tools

Utilise performance tracking and analytics tools to monitor the productivity and performance of remote and flexible workers. These tools can provide insights into work progress, task completion rates, and overall performance metrics. They enable managers to assess individual and team performance, identify areas for improvement, and provide feedback and support. Performance tracking and analytics ensure that employees remain accountable and maintain productivity levels while working flexibly.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

Prioritise cybersecurity and data protection measures to safeguard sensitive information when employees work remotely or access business systems from various locations. Implementing secure payroll systems, multi-factor authentication, encryption, and robust cybersecurity policies can help mitigate risks and protect company data and assets.

By enabling work-life balance with communication & collaboration tools, cloud-based systems, performance tracking and analytics tools, and cybersecurity and data protection, your business is on the way to attracting and retaining fresh new talent. Create a work environment that supports flexibility and enables employees to achieve a better work-life balance while maintaining productivity and achieving organisational goals. 

Prepare your business for the future of flexible work at mywage.co.



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