Whilst browsing social media recently, I found myself reading the Siemen’s remote working policy which I think is a masterpiece!
A policy which encourages more flexible working does not seem all that different, but their focus on Outcomes and Trust makes it really special.
the relevant clause states:
“The basis for this forward-looking working model is further development [of] our corporate culture. These changes will also be associated with a different leadership style, one that focuses on outcomes rather than on time spent at the office. We trust our employees and empower them to shape their work themselves so that they can achieve the best possible results. With the new way of working, we’re motivating our employees while improving the company’s performance capabilities and sharpening Siemens’ profile as a flexible and attractive employer.”
Most businesses are paid for what they deliver rather than how long it takes – so, why do we then insist on counting the hours that an employee works?
Surely, it is better for both the business in regard to productivity and employee wellbeing to focus on what the outcomes are.
Personally, I feel that it is more important to allow your employees to do good work, without worrying about how much time it takes. This will develop better workplace wellbeing and flow into better productivity as employees realise, they are appreciated for the job they actually do, rather than the number of hours they spend at their desk.
However, to achieve this switch in approach you really need to trust in your work force. If everyone, particularly the management, understand the focus on outcomes the staff will find themselves spending the correct amount of time on tasks almost automatically.
There is a health warning though: This does not mean that you leave your people to figure stuff out for themselves. It means you give them the environment (both physical and culturally) where they’ve got everything they need to do great work;
- A supportive team
- Approachable management
- Appropriate equipment, information and materials
- Pleasant, healthy working environment
Do you notice a theme here? Better employee wellbeing results in better productivity.
As an organisation, you have a very important responsibility – give your staff the workplace environment and culture that enables them to Thrive.
Research by LCMB shows that an excellent physical workplace lets your people be all that they can be. It is a really simple way to set the right tone with your staff, they will thrive and thank you for it in more ways than you realise! If you would like to speak with someone at LCMB about improving the work environment for your team, email us via [email protected] or call 01295 722823.
Author: Rudi Du Plessis, Director of Operations