The Benefits of Flexible Working

A key tool in the armoury of being a great dad AND having a great career is accessing flexible working.

Not only does flexible working help working dads achieve improved work / life balance, it can have massive benefits to their partners, families, employers and society in general.

1. More time

Commuters are now facing an average 58-minute daily journey – the equivalent of 27 working days a year... Londoners take the longest to get to and from work: 1 hour and 21 minutes each day.

Source - TUC

By working from home you’re saving at least an hour a day, which you can either apply to your work or..

2. Spend more time with the family

Leaving home early and returning early evening means if you have young children it’s likely you’ll hardly see them during the week.

A work / life balance fail…

But through flexible working you can use the time you normally waste travelling to the office and spend more with your family. Maybe you want to do some school pick ups and drop offs. Flexible working is the key to unlock that allowing you to be there for the times that matter. 

3. Less stress

Crammed into packed trains, crawling through traffic, blood pressure rising, it’s no wonder commuting is one of the most stressful events in people’s lives.

Yes, some stress can be good for you, but nobody ever said that about the stress of commuting. Working from home can play a big part in reducing your overall stress levels simply by removing your daily commute.

'Not only are long commutes bad for our health, but they can affect our ability to concentrate at work. That's bad for productivity, resulting in a lose/lose situation for employers, employees and the whole economy.'

Work Wise UK Chief Executive Phil Flaxton

Source - TUC

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And for your partner

When men more widely seek out, embrace and promote flexible working then it will become the norm.

Women wouldn’t then have to settle for work that pays less than they deserve to achieve the flexibility they want, because their partners would be working flexibly already. 

Research we conducted in 2017 showed

  • Work / family balance was the #1 challenge facing working parents.

  • Women in particular also identified the 'culture of inflexible work'.

  • Flexible working was seen by both men and women as the #1 solution to these challenges.

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For the family

The benefits don’t begin and end with dad.

Child psychiatrist Dr Mike Shooter CBE is former director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and author of Growing Pains: Making Sense Of Childhood (Hodder, £18.99).

He says children whose dads actively engage with them will be smarter and more balanced.

“First of all, a hands-on father bolsters [a child], it inoculates them against the many much less fortunate role models that there are in society, which influences their development in terms of how they view themselves, the relationships they will form with other people and as parents in their own right.”

Source - Shortlist

“Children were more likely to show behavioral problems if their fathers were overly involved psychologically in their careers… A father (who is) noticeably absent when he is on his digital device — was also linked with children having emotional and behavioral problems “

Source - Harvard Business Review

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For businesses (1)

  1. Improved staff engagement and motivation

  2. Happier, loyal, and more productive workforce

  3. There are likely to be reduced sick days

  4. Better performance and staff retention

  5. Reduced environmental impact from commuting.

  6. Money saved for workers on commuting expenses and time

  7. Flexible working is a perk that could encourage talented job-seekers to work for a particular company..

  8. It shows that a company is listening to the needs of its staff.

  9. There is a cost saving to employers, who may be able to save office rental and ancillary expenses with more employees working at home. “Hot-desking “ is usually also more economical

  10. It enables an employer to handle more business outside 'normal' office hours.

  11. A more diverse workforce is possible

Source - Morgan McKinley

For businesses (2)

  1. Flexible workers are more satisfied with their jobs, report better work–life balance and less exposure to excessive pressure at work.

  2. Helps employees reduce the amount of stress / pressure they feel under (29%).

  3. A factor in them staying with their current employer (28%).

  4. A quarter of respondents say being able to work flexibly enables them to be more productive at work.

Source - CIPD 2016, Employee Outlook: commuting and flexible working.

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Jason Downes, managing director of Powwownow says

“Employers will reap the benefits of a team that feels appreciated and understood. Flexible working is often misinterpreted, and that’s why we actively encourage our staff to have the flexibility they need day-to-day, without hindering their overall output.

“It’s important that employers recognise a happy, motivated workforce will be a real asset to them and reward them in the long-term.”

Source - People Management

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