The pandemic has acted as a huge catalyst when it comes to the advancement of flexible working hours. With people forced to work at home with their children present, parents had to adopt different working patterns such as starting early in the mornings and going back to the laptop in the evenings and companies had to embrace this. Whilst not always easy, it proved that it could be done whilst maintaining high levels of productivity. Many people want to have the same levels of flexibility moving forwards which can save them hundreds, if not thousands on childcare costs. It’s not just kids either, the pandemic also meant that countless people became pet owners for the first time and now they need to be at home more often to care for their beloved animals.
You could allow this increased level of flexibility to make your employees happy and also save them a fortune along the way. Providing you have effective management systems in place, this shouldn’t cost you a penny but would be invaluable to them.
Another idea you could embrace is the 4 day week, increasing their hours slightly on the other 4 days, giving them an extra day off, each and every week!