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How To Make Flexible Working Easier For Everyone

·3-min read
Support for both employers and employees is key (Getty Images)

Flexible working has taken the world by storm over the past two years. Once considered by many businesses as too tricky to implement effectively, Covid has forced us to make hybrid work a valid, productive option.

A new approach

However, new ways of working can take some time to navigate. To help businesses transition smoothly to ‘working from anywhere,’ Flexiworks, part of Officeworks, commissioned a Flexible Working Report¹, in the hope that the findings would enable employers to manage this shift successfully.

The report was clear in its outcomes; hybrid work is here to stay. Ninety-five per cent of the people interviewed said they preferred working from home in some capacity, with 62 per cent saying they wouldn’t consider a new employer unless they offered some form of flexible working.

A transition

Despite this, both employees and employers want more help to ensure people remain happy, healthy and productive while they work away from the office. Forty-six per cent of employers admitted they need guidance in sufficiently supporting their employees who are working from home. Employees need help too; 70 per cent have experienced some form of physical issue since working from home. Plus, the employees who hadn’t prioritised their work-from-home set up were 20 per cent less productive than those who had, resulting in a trickier work/life balance.

A simple system

The issues highlighted in the Flexible Work Report made it clear there’s a need for a system that lets employers enable their teams to work safely and productively from home. Which is why Officeworks has launched Flexiworks. It’s a new, easy-to-use online platform that allows you to empower your team with the tools they need to feel supported, while working away from the office. This self-service platform lets you fund your employees with a fixed amount of credit to spend on a tailored Officeworks range. They can choose whatever suits them, within the budget you’ve set – from desks and chairs, to monitors and sound equipment.

You can offer your team the option of choosing anything from the full Officeworks catalogue of over 40,000 products, or let them pick from a pre-selected approved range or items. Plus, all employees get a free online Workspace Assessment that provides product recommendations based on their current workspace, and if they need it, a virtual 1:1 with a Flexiworks Ergonomic Specialist (at an additional cost to your business). There’s also free delivery for items over $55, or the option to click and collect from their preferred Officeworks store.

Data to support you

The Flexiworks platform cuts out the need for corporate credit cards, expense claims, or having to provide invoices for work-related expenses. That means less admin for both you and your employees. It also allows you to track your employees’ purchases, control the costs and identify trends through automated reporting. This means you can see how people are working, and use that information to ensure employees are safe, productive and engaged.

To find out more about how Flexiworks can benefit you and your business, and to register your business interest in the platform, visit flexiworks.com.au.

¹ Flexible Work Report

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