Employees and their managers sometimes express concerns about what flexible work is, how it works, who it’s for, and what the benefits are. Some of these concerns can be addressed by understanding the fears that are contributing to their reactions and resistance.
Concerns around flexible working are usually influenced by the different needs, goals, motivations, and behaviours of employees in the sector.
To engage hesitant employees, consider how their perspective could be shaped or influenced for driving implementation of flexible working.
Usually these employees can be engaged by:
- increasing awareness about the benefits of flexible working and the types available
- building their skills and confidence for flexible working
- understanding how it can work for them and their team
- encouraging continued conversations with managers and teams to make sure arrangements continue to be suitable.