A blended and flexible workforce can increase employee engagement, well-being and productivity.
According to a Spring 2021 trade report1, businesses across the UK are optimistic about the future as the post-pandemic recovery gains momentum. It is predicted that companies will seek to expand internationally, as well as develop their domestic market, embrace new digital technologies, solutions and products, and redefine their workforce talent mix.
The advantages of a blended workforce
A blended and flexible workforce that combines full and part-time permanent employees, contractors, casual workers and freelances are more likely to attract the most talented employees. Within this new style of working, it is imperative to treat all staff equally, regardless of their contractual status.
HR teams need to find ways that address everyone’s performance and learning needs, whilst keeping both permanent and temporary (temps) workers engaged and motivated, as there is a direct link between workforce happiness and achieving higher productivity rates.
89% of British workers consider that flexible working would motivate them to be more productive2 and 87% of people want to work flexibly3, with arrangements that allow them to vary the location, timing, and amount of work they carry out.
By creating flexible roles within your company, you will allow workers to stay in work while maintaining a healthy work-life balance, thus supporting employee engagement and wellbeing.4
Through flexible working arrangements, organisations can attract a wider and more diverse talent pool, allowing access to the best person for the job. Hiring in this way allows for a more engaged workforce who will potentially generate 43% more revenue and improve performance by 20%, compared to employees who are disengaged5.