Whether it’s returning to work locations with precautions in place, going 100% remote for some jobs, or adopting a hybrid work model, the reality is that companies must now offer more flexibility in the workplace. 57% of food and beverage employees find flexibility in when they work remotely to be very or extremely important. One way that food and beverage producers can do this is by creating “flex pools” that are organized by role, line, or department. These pools help employers meet staffing needs and allow workers more flexible schedule options. Other companies have adopted “self-serve” scheduling to give employees more autonomy.
Flexibility applies to more than just where, or even when, employees work. It also means letting employees have a voice in deciding which type of work they do at home vs. in the office. Research from the O.C. Tanner Institute’s 2022 Global Culture Report found tasks that require focus or creative thinking are easier to do at home, while tasks requiring collaboration and connection are easier and more productive in the office.
Moving forward, employees expect increased flexibility in many aspects of their work lives and will change jobs, if necessary, to get it. But when employees have flexibility in how they work, outcomes improve:
WHAT ORGANIZATIONS CAN DO:
To successfully incorporate flexibility, focus on three key areas:
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