How many of us have found ourselves distracted at work because of something going on at home? While it’s important to leave personal issues out of the workplace, it’s not always possible. Those with children may find themselves disengaged with their work if they are missing a child’s game, recital, or play. Rigid work schedules make it difficult for parents to attend some of the events they would like to in order to support their children. As a new generation enters the workforce, employees’ demands for flexible work schedules and multiple work options, such as the ability to work remotely, are becoming more common. The desire for a more balanced work-home life hardly means employees care less about their work; in fact, offering employees more flexibility can help them become more engaged in their work. Comprising in order to allow employees to spend more time with their families can help employees feel valued by their company or organization. If an employee feels valued by her organization, she’ll be more willing to be fully present and engaged in her work.
Employers may fear that being more flexible will mean a decrease in productivity; however, an increase is more likely to occur because employees will be focused on work when they’re at work and not be distracted by what they’re missing at home. Many potentially great employees will not sacrifice time with family for work, so employers will be missing out if they fail to accommodate those who desire a balanced life. An article in Workforce magazine states that “In exchange for that flexibility, they are happier, more loyal employees, according to data from the Families and Work Institute, or FWI….employees in flexible workplaces are more likely to have greater engagement in their jobs, higher levels of job satisfaction, and stronger intentions to remain with their employers.” Organizations, including those in the public sector, that evolve with the times and allow employees to have flexible work arrangements will be the ones who benefit the most and enjoy the highest ROI on their human capital.