The paper "Flexible Workplaces Are Important for Today's Organisations" is a good example of business coursework. Flexible workplaces can be defined in terms of places of work, time of work and the amount of work performed by an individual. Under the system of flexible workplaces, employees can work while still attending other responsibilities such as schooling and parental care among others. Sharing of jobs especially during low seasons has become a common feature. In the modern world, it has become necessary for organizations to adopt better strategies for human resources management. Flexibility at workplaces has been one of the most recent systems of improving competitiveness in the turbulent markets (Skorstad & Ramsdal, 2009).
In this paper, I will discuss the concept of flexible workplaces by exploring literature from different authors about the topic. The importance and drawbacks of flexible workplaces will also be discussed while providing an example of an organization which applies these concepts. Lastly, I will explain how organisations can encourage the development of flexible workplaces. Rubin (1996) explained that as economies become more flexible, many organizations become flexible in their management of workplaces.
The labour market has been segmented to accommodate the changes in the global economies due to the rapid change in the nature of economies. Outsourcing labour overseas has become a common thing in the modern labour market, especially during labour intensive seasons. Flexibility in workplaces has reduced bureaucracies which were being used in the traditional workplaces. Traditionally workplaces were controlled by the internal labour markets but today many firms have started seeking labour markets from other countries due to effects of globalization (Rubin, 1996). The use of technology has become a major aspect of modern workplaces.
The development of the internet has enhanced flexibility at the place of work since people can work at any place. The Internet has encouraged employers and employees to seek better strategies of operating from different geographical regions. Innovations at workplaces have become possible due to the rapid change in technologies. New technologies have enabled employees to come up with better strategies for improving production. Inventions and innovations have been done in the modern workplace environments to create competitive products in the market.
As competition increases in the global markets, more product varieties are being developed to attract customers. Innovation has not only been experienced in the production systems but also in the marketing programs. As such, better strategies of developing products which match consumer demand have been developed and this has increased the level of satisfaction to customers. On the other hand, technology in production systems has reduced the number of people working in many production systems (Skorstad & Ramsdal, 2009). The number of women entering the labour market has increased in the recent past.
Dickens (2005) explains that the number of women seeking employment has doubled over the last decade. Smith (2010) further explains that women have responsibilities of caring for their children and families more than men. This condition requires employers to create flexible work environments for women. In another statement, Dickens (2005) explains that graduates are seeking workplaces which allow them to balance their work-life, family and social activities. He suggests that stress management can be done by creating flexibility at the place of work. All these aspects improve employee morale, create more profits to a business as well as improve the image of a company in the society (Dickens, 2005).
List of References
Avery, C. and Zabel, D. 2001. The flexible workplace: a sourcebook of information and research. New York, NY: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 156720189X, 9781567201895
Dickens, A. 2005. The flexible workplace pocketbook. Pocketbooks. ISBN 1903776406, 9781903776407
O'Grady, J. D. 2008. Apple Inc. NY: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 0313362440, 9780313362446.
Rubin, B. A. 1996. Shifts in the social contract: understanding change in American society. California, CA: Pine Forge Press. ISBN 0803990405, 9780803990401
Skorstad, E. and Ramsdal, H. 2009. Flexible organizations and the new working life: a European perspective. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd: Farnham, UK. ISBN 0754674207, 9780754674207
Smith K. and Smith, M.2010. "Working parents and workplace flexibility in New Hampshire." New Hampshire Employment Security. Retrieved 09 Sept. 2010 from; http://extension.unh.edu/Family/documents/NHSurveyWorkingFamilies4.pdf