Are you a travel employer keen to explore how embracing a flexible working culture might give you a competitive advantage?
We come across many of our clients who are open minded about flexible working arrangements and are keen to support women (and men) returning to the travel industry part time. What’s lacking is often the know how to make it work successfully.
Having been a travel employer himself and now a specialist travel recruitment leader, Adrian Boccia from TMS Talent Melbourne discusses how employers go about making a cultural shift and setting the right framework to embrace a more flexible work environment for their team.
1. Lead from the top
Flexible working will only work for your business if it is embraced culturally from the top down. Business leaders must fully embrace and advocate the advantages of part time and flexible working for it to succeed. Lead by example through educating your team on the advantages to everyone of having a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
2. Put flexible working policies in place
Document your flexible working policy and share it with all staff. Employee’s circumstances change, having a formalised policy in place is more than just a hiring strategy. Having a flexible approach to working can also improve employee retention and engagement amongst the existing team.
3. Trust employees to do their job
Build a solid foundation of trust within your organisation. To offer flexible working you must trust your employees to do their jobs. Treating employees with respect and making flexible working “the new normal” will ensure all employees feel empowered to do their best at work.
4. Focus on outputs rather than hours worked
Shift your focus from hours worked to output delivered. What are your business goals and KPI’s. Set appropriate targets and outcomes around these with your team. By setting milestones and rewarding based on outcomes, your team (whether flexible of full time employees) will feel much more empowered to set about achieving them.
5. Ensure you have the right technology to make it work
Having an agile work environment and the ability to work flexibly is largely dependent on your organisation having the right technology solutions in place to facilitate flexible working. Employees are much more likely to succeed working flexibly when they are equipped with the right tools. Cloud based systems, apps and video collaboration technology all help give organisations a competitive advantage when it comes to embracing flexible working.
Need some specific advice on creating a flexible workplace culture? Or considering hiring part time employees? Adrian Boccia from TMS Talent is here to help. Reach out for a confidential discussion.