Through Innovation SA on August 31, 2022 at business
Developing a healthy and employee-friendly workplace policy is the need of the hour for most companies. As companies focus on their revenue and productivity, they also consider developing employee-friendly strategies to increase employee satisfaction. Therefore, most companies introduce flexible working policies to facilitate employees’ work and personal lives. Most employees have indicated the benefits of a work policy where they can work either from the office or from home, depending on their needs. Contrary to the traditional office structure where physical presence in the office 5 days a week was mandatory and seen as helpful, a flexible work policy helps employees regain their freedom. For example, you might want to visit your office in Jeddah every other day and work from home the rest of the days, and a flexible working policy will help you with that. Here are some things employees look forward to in a flexible working approach.
Introducing Set Sheets
Working from home does not mean working less than in the office. For this reason, employees consider vacation time to be just as important in a flexible working policy. While some companies tried to implement an unlimited leave policy for employees during the COVID lockdown, it hampered their productivity. Because while some employees took endless vacations, it impacted hard-working employees and reduced the number of vacations they could take because of their commitment to the company. As such, most employees prefer to have a certain number of paid and occasional vacations to perform other duties.
Additional Medical or Hospitalization Leave
Employers prefer additional time off for medical reasons, particularly in the event of hospitalization by their company. While a set number of paid and casual vacations can benefit employees, the additional medical vacations can help them continue their treatment or take sick leave without worrying about impacting their vacation quota. Such vacations can help employees to freely seek psychological therapy and other treatments. Most company reports claim that such vacation policies have actually increased employee productivity as employees refrain from visiting the office just for the sake of it. Instead, they work better when they do.
No set working hours
A flexible working policy doesn’t mean you choose to work from home or work from the office. Instead, employees expect flexible working hours from companies. There may be days when an employee completes assigned tasks before their clock-out time. They must be free to punch out in such situations and take on other duties. Restricting employees to 9am to 5pm hours can impact their productivity and happiness. Therefore, a flexible working policy must allow employees to work as long as they need to complete assigned tasks. So, whether you’re working from your office or from home in Saudi Arabia, connecting to meetings or sharing updates is no longer a challenge.
Flexible working options
A flexible work policy does not include setting specific dates for employees visiting the office. Instead, the company should leave it up to the employees. Employees must be free to choose which days they want to work in the office or from home. There may be days when employees are ready to collaborate with their colleagues or work from the comfort of their own homes. Therefore, it is important to ensure employees’ comfort and freedom when they want to visit the office and work from their desk.
Virtual platforms to connect with colleagues
Employees expect companies to have a virtual platform where they can connect with their colleagues to share updates so that working in the office or from home doesn’t impact company productivity. Therefore, most companies use digital platforms like Microsoft Teams, Slack and others to keep their employees connected. Such a network ensures proper employee communication and contributes to the development of a friendly and healthy office environment. So, sharing feedback or updates is no longer a challenge whether you are working from home or from your office in Saudi Arabia.