Flexible and smart working refers to redesigning the working conditions, and changing the place and time as usually understood and helps employees to escape from the typical motif of nine to five work at the office, with multiple benefits not only for employees but also for the enterprise.
The implementation of flexible and smart working regarding working space, helps the employee to feel more comfortable but also to work more concentrated and as a result being more efficient. In particular, working at office is often characterized by frequent distractions, which destroy productivity and lead to reduced efficiency, as a task needs more time to be completed than to run it smoothly.
In terms of time, in flexible and smart working, employees are given the freedom to use their time according to their needs and this freedom offers multiple benefits. Each employee is more productive at different times of the day. This means that their high productivity working hours are enough to complete up even the double workload compared to working in non-productive hours. In addition, according to a study, Fortune 500 employees reported higher levels of job satisfaction and have shown a reduction at stress and exhaustion levels at the end of the day, after having a flexible and smart working schedule.
Furthermore,, this freedom helps employees to be more efficient but also to make the most of their available time and to be able to meet the obligations of their work and family life, without endangering their physical and their mental health, due to overwork and facing difficulties in balancing their opposing roles as employees and parents at the same time. In addition, employees, as mentioned above, are more satisfied with their work, so this also contributes to increasing their efficiency.
On the other hand, enterprises are able to maximize the exploitation of their employees’ working hours, as employees are given the opportunity to make the most of their productive hours, which leads to more efficient handling of the existing workload in less time. Finally, the release of (till today) wasted working hours, can be exploited for the further development of the company and at the same time can contribute to the increase of its revenues and hence its viability. Thus, small and medium-sized enterprises, which often face sustainability issues, can adopt the flexible and smart working in order to ensure the best use of their available resources and their economic prosperity.
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