Essays on Why Employees Value Workplace Flexibility Coursework

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The paper "Why Employees Value Workplace Flexibility " is a great example of management coursework.   Workplace flexibility is a management practice that has been implemented by many organizations. The main reason why organizations practicing workplace flexibility is the need to satisfy the changing demands of the employees as well as the needs of the company. It involves scheduling the working hours of employees so that they can be comfortable with their working time by balancing the work and family obligations. This helps to improve the satisfaction of the employees (Colvin 2003). One of the companies which have successfully applied this policy is Probuild Construction Company.

The main aim of this essay was to find out the impacts of workplace flexibility on the performance of employees. In turn, the performance of the employees has affected the performance of the organization. There have been arguments that work-life balance has enabled an organization to create a competitive advantage while others argue that work-life balance strategy cannot improve the performance of an organization instead it can lower the performance of the company. Those who argue that work-life balance can improve the performance of an organization argue that it helps to improve the morale of the employees and also attract and retain more competent skills (Colvin 2003).

Those who are against the policy of work-life balance argue that it may be complicated to implement and may not match the policy of the organization with those of the employees leading to low productivity of the employees. This essay, therefore, presented both arguments. Why employees value workplace flexibility Probuild Construction is a construction company that has managed to maintain its competitive advantage in the market due to effective strategies it applies.

Due to the reputation of the company and its quality of work, the company has managed to be awarded major construction projects such as the Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre project (Rerrich 1996). In May the year 2005, the company applied for work and family balance grants which went successfully. Since then the company is applying the work-life balance policy. Employees value workplace flexibility because of many reasons. The first reason is that the employees enjoy working in an environment with flexibility.


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