6 Trends That Will Define Workplace Flexibility in 2017

6 Trends That Will Define Workplace Flexibility in 2017
From Recruiter - December 23, 2016

Todays workers have no shortage of flexible work opportunities. In a survey conducted by FlexJobs and WorldatWork,80 percent of the companies surveyed offered some kind of work flexibility options to their employees. As work flexibility finds itself a solid place in the business world, certain trends are emerging and definingwhat flex work means to todays organizations and employees.

Below, we go beyond traditional remote work and look at some of these cool trends in workplace flex for 2017:

1. Digital Nomads

A digital nomad is someone who works remotely while traveling and living in different locations. Digital nomads use keen technology skills to stay available and connected to their coworkers and projects. Digital nomads usually benefit most from a 100 percent remote job as either an employee or a freelancer.

With so many tools out there (video conferencing, project management, instant messaging, etc.) the digital nomad lifestyle is likely to gain popularityas workers realize they can live and travel where they wish while also working fulfillingjobs.

2. The Gig Economy

Side jobs, temporary work, freelance contractsall of these make up the gig economy. More and more workers are choosing to have the ultimate in work flexibility bytaking part in the gig economy and working on aproject-by-project basis. This allows workers to pick and choose the projects they wish to work on and create their own schedules. The amount of hours and money made is up to the worker.

3. Flexibility Policies

Creating formal flexible work policies is a recent trendarising from the fact that workplace flexibility is being seen more as a right and less as an earned benefit. As companies implement flexible work into their cultures, its essential for them to to create formalized policies in order to clearly communicate rules and expectations.

Formalized flexibility policies can help companies solidify their flex work plans and determine what types of flexibility will be offered and to whom. A concrete policy will help givestructure to any flexible work program.

4. Manager Training


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