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Why Flexible Working Should Be The Future

by Lisa Jones
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Since I turned 16, I have always had a job. Whether it’s full-time or part-time I have always worked. Life changed though when I gave birth to Little J – as you can imagine.

It took me and my husband nearly 3 years to conceive him and the last thing that I wanted to do was go to work and be away from him all day. I wanted to spend as time as I could with this little human that I had created. I didn’t want to miss out on all of those special moments, so I gave up work to be with him.

But would I have returned to work if I had the option of flexible working? Well, perhaps yes.

What is Flexible Working?

It’s difficult to fully define what flexible working actually is as there are so many options. But essentially it is doing anything other than the standard 9-5 in an office (“working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living” – you’re welcome).

It’s where you have the flexibility (😬🙄) to choose when and where you work. It’s a way of working that suits your needs. Examples include:

  • Job sharing
  • Working from home
  • Part-time
  • Flexitime
  • Staggered hours

What are the benefits?

A woman sat outside at a table working on her MacBook
Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

By being able to choose your own hours and where you work means you’re likely to be more productive.

For example, anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not a morning person. Urgh, morning people make me sick. Anyway, because it takes my brain a while to fire up in the morning I prefer to do my Blogging in the afternoon, which works out perfectly as that’s when Little J takes his nap. Win-win.

Then in the evenings, I’m able to work away to my heart’s content and weekends when Daz is home I can even pop out for a few hours if I wanted to. The only limit I have is Wi-Fi. And how creative my mind is that day.

But flexible working is not just about productivity, it will give you a better work/life balance and increase morale and job satisfaction. Meaning that employees are more likely to remain dedicated to the company.

And it’s not just great for my fellow morning haters. It’s great for that worker who lives miles from the office and has to fight through rush hour traffic. Rather than starting the day stressed from travel, they’ll be calm and ready to log on, probably earlier than if they had gone into the office.

And what about the people who have dependents, such as elderly parents? Having the option to work from home means that they can continue with their career and also be able to give their dependents the care that they need.

And probably the one that I can relate to most is how brilliant it can be for us mums. As much as we want to stay at home and play with our babies and share all those beautiful moments we still want to use our brains. And with the option of flexible working, we can have the option to do both.

Does Flexible Working actually work though?

If you’re sat there thinking, ‘well, that’s great for parents and whoever but you can’t run a whole company like that’. Well, think again. Flexible working isn’t just for the mums and dads out there. There is a company called Font Bundles and they’re proof that flexible working works.

Font Bundles was started by 3 friends (Alex France, Geoff Ballington and Andy Croft) on a shoestring budget with a range of skills and experience. 

The company is still 100% owned by the co-founders, and self funded. The company now boasts 30 full time employees and over 4000 designers selling their products on the craft and design marketplace, Design Bundles and the font marketplace, Font Bundles. 

Font Bundles Ltd is a diverse and modern company who champion diversity and flexible working. The company started and scaled without any central office by making use of the team working application Slack. 

Although the company is registered in the UK, all 30 of the company’s employees work remotely and are based in over 10 different countries around the world, including its co-founders who meet up a few times a year to brainstorm and discuss growth plans. 

In the last financial year, the company grossed over $10,000,000 USD in revenue, showing no signs of slowing down with the launch of several other brands and products.

My Conclusion

Personally, I think that Flexible working is a brilliant way to work. I’m so glad that when I’m ready to take my blog to the next level that I’ll be able to work it around Little J. I’ll still be able to witness those special moments and carry on doing something that I enjoy too.

I believe that all companies should take a leaf out of Font Bundles book. Not only would they see increased productivity but they’ll have happy employees too. And that is so important.

Cover Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

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Patty Gordon 14/10/2020 - 16:17

I’m currently looking for a more flexible solution to my job progression. Right now I’m a lunch lady at the school my kids go to but they soon will be leaving for other schools and while it’s right down the road from our house I feel like it’s not the perfect fit for me. I’m planning on going into something where I can work from home. The only thing stopping me at this point is the cost of getting certified in the field I want to go into. Once I figure that out I’ll be on my way to working from home permanently if I can.

It’s fun to see your opinion on things because you are from the UK and I’m from the US. Things between our countries seem similar, but they also can be very different. Thanks for the great read!

Lisa Jones 14/10/2020 - 22:00

Thank you so much for your comment! I’m the same. I love learning all about the similarities and differences between countries and cultures!

Good luck with getting certified. Hopefully, you’ll be able to achieve your goal soon and be able to work from home ❤️

Hannah Louise Blog 13/05/2020 - 10:08

I have flexi-hours where I work and I don’t think I could go without it now!

Lisa Jones 13/05/2020 - 14:02

It’s a game changer for sure. It’s just a shame that not all companies have adopted it yet!

makeupmuddle 13/03/2020 - 18:22

I definitely find that I’m more productive when i have flexible working, and working when I feel more awake and motivated rather than a set amount of hours at a specific time xo

Makeup Muddle

The Procrastinating Mum 13/03/2020 - 20:07

It really does make such a difference when you can pick your own hours, doesn’t it!? xx

Scout @ EcoCycleTravel 12/03/2020 - 17:12

I agree with this so much! I don’t get this ‘clockwork’ culture we live in. I understand it for some professions, where daylight or times of day is required (farming, building, etc) but generally? Pff, nah. Most jobs I’ve had in my life I could’ve done equally well from home!

The Procrastinating Mum 12/03/2020 - 19:59

Exactly! If the job role doesn’t need you to be in the office then why not allow that flexibility? xx

Jenny in Neverland 11/03/2020 - 09:51

Yass you share a lot of the same opinions as me on this, I had a post up for the same brand this weekend too! I love flexible working. I love the mornings and I love being able to curate my day, get up early, have some “me” time before I officially start working! xxx

The Procrastinating Mum 11/03/2020 - 17:01

Ah I’ll check it out! Regardless of what time I wake up I’m not a morning person 🤣 I’m looking forward to being able to choose what hours I work when I’m ready to take my blog to the next level. Having ‘me’ time in the morning must be lovely. Sets you up ready for the day ahead! xx

Ashleigh MacLean 10/03/2020 - 13:56

I am desperate for the company I work for to provide flexible working, even something as simple as flexi-hours would be so helpful!

The Procrastinating Mum 12/03/2020 - 23:36

It really would make such a difference to people’s lives! If only businesses would realise, their employees would be so much happier xx

Jess 09/03/2020 - 20:11

I think flexible working is such a great idea! I agree that productivity is increased and it allows you to access a workforce that can’t work standard 9-5s and yet have a wealth of experience and knowledge!

The Procrastinating Mum 10/03/2020 - 13:39

Exactly! Company’s are missing out on some incredibly talented people by not offering more flexible work options!


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