Whether it’s updating healthcare worksites with additional precautions, going 100% remote for applicable jobs, or adopting a hybrid work model, the reality is that organisations must now offer more flexibility in the workplace. 61% of healthcare employees find flexibility at work to be very or extremely important.
While most healthcare roles can’t be done remotely, flexibility also means letting employees have a voice about what type of work they do where. 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 on-site. For example, it may be easier for a clinic supervisor to build the staff schedule while offsite, or for a diabetes educator to draft their upcoming presentation at home.
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 ORGANISATIONS CAN DO:
To successfully incorporate flexibility, focus on three key areas:
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