Pros and cons of Workplace flexibility

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Corporate, corporate culture
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These days with the growing demand for the resources, some organizations give a benefit of workplace flexibility. Which means a person is given a leeway to work from anywhere and anytime, provided they meet the deadlines in time. This includes working from home, time flexibility. But, there are two types of workplace flexibility: formal and informal. Formal means that this is included in the policies and is approved by the HR and the management. Informal means, it’s not as per the policies, but is still given on a discretionary basis.

Workplace flexibility when provided, the employers expect the same dedication which is required during the normal restricted working hours, Which is usually not evident when the flexibility is given. There are many pros and cons of the same. Lets first point out some pros:

  1. A person is discreet and even if the flexibility is given, they make sure they don’t take an advantage out of it. SO somewhere in their subconscious mind they are always cautious about that.
  2. When flexibility is given, they know that it is given for their comfort and so they try to come out of their comfort zone and try to give their 100% even if they are at home.
  3.  They can easily strike a balance between work and life when flexibility is given and this in a way keeps them away from stress, which in turn will increase their productivity.
  4. Workplace flexibility also motivates employees. Instead of strolling themselves to office, they can work from where they are. SO this will motivate them to work hard and utilize that travelling time in their productivity.
  1. In a way, it’s a win-win situation for both the employer and the employee, as; the more motivated an employee will be the more they get out of them. Also this facility is not given in every organization. SO, this would be a most important reason for employees to stick to this company for long. Every employee these days look for flexibility and that’s the reason the attrition rate will be much less.

Cons of workplace flexibility are:

  1. When working in office, people vie with each other to meet the deadlines, so a sense of competition is there. While at home, you have to vie to yourself and meet the deadlines.
  2. Professionalism is maintained when in office as compared to working from home.
  3. Proper policies are followed in office.
  4. People tend to get lazy while at home and sometimes take this flexibility for granted.

SO you see there are lot of pros and cons of workplace flexibility. It depends upon you, which you would prefer. However, you have to promise to yourself first that if you are opting for workplace flexibility, would you be able to meet the expectations of your manager. If you feel you can then go ahead.

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