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Workplace Flexibility...It Just Makes Sense
By now, you have probably read up on a few articles, or see emails come through from HR requesting a flex schedule for one of most of your employees.
Maybe your senior manager wants to live in a different town and work remotely. Or your seniors are burnt out and looking for a longer vacation than just 2 weeks. What about the working parents who feel like they never see their kids?
All of these scenarios are popping up within the CPA firm industry and it is our jobs to provide a more flexible work environment for our employees.
But is it possible?
Mom Corps recently commissioned a survey that found that many workers are looking for alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 setup. In addition, they recognized three different benefits Employers will receive if they offer more workplace flexibility. Here is what they found:
- Flexibility can save employers cash: Mom Corps have discovered that 45 percent of workers would be willing to give up some percentage of their salaries in exchange for greater flexibility at work. Just how much money are we talking about? They found people between the ages of 18 and 35 would give up 14 percent of their salary for more flexibility at work!
- Flexibility can improve recruitment: Seventy-three percent of working adults agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when deciding where to work.
- Flexibility can increase employee retention: Professionals want a better work/life balance, which is why 77 to 79 percent say that they would stay at their company longer if it offered more flexible work options.
Is Having A Flex CPA Firm Possible?
The short answer? ABSOLUTELY!
Now for the long answer. Designing and implementing a Flex CPA firm is 100% possible if you are willing to make it work. There are adjustments that need to be made, owners/partners that need to be on board, and employees willing to shift the firm culture to make this work. It is not a simple task but in almost all cases, well worth the effort put in.
To help display the interworking of a Flex CPA firm, we have highlighted some of the top CPA Firms that have implemented and successfully running a flex CPA firm.
Click on CPA Firm Spotlights to learn more.
How To Design A Flex CPA Firm?
Alright, so you understand that workplace flexibility is important. But how exactly do you implement flexible options when you are already short staffed?
Flex CPAs has provided a breakdown into how to Design a Flex CPA firm. We detail out a variety of flex work options that might work best for you and your firm. Plus, there are additional details into the policies and procedures needed to be implemented for this to work.
To learn more, check out Designing a Flex CPA firm here.
How To Recruit & Retain Top Flex Talent?
When offering Flex options, there are quite a bit of road blocks you can come across if you are not prepared for it.
From getting spammed on your Craigslist job post to not knowing if the virtual CPA is actually a real person, things can get a little sticky when hiring a flex worker.
FlexCPAs has put together a comprehensive guide to recruiting flex talent and being able to retain this talent for years.
You can learn more on our Retain and Recruit Flex Talent page.
CPA Firm Resources
This is a great option if you are in need of a workforce, for a short period of time. Let’s say your firm has a huge need during tax season but does not have any other work throughout the summer/fall.
By hiring on a seasonal workforce, you can bring on the talent when needed without the additional expenses of hiring on a full time employee with benefits.
Here is the link to the CPA Firm Resources Page.