It’s no secret that here at Werk, flexibility is in our DNA. Employees have access to a workday schedule that is adaptive to their flexibility types listed within our Flexiverse. And while most flexibility arrangements tend to be pre-set and ongoing, some flex is granted on the fly. When considering flex requests, communication and documentation are essential—and not just so managers can better understand the needs of their employees. Formal documentation of flex can help spot emerging patterns, and companies can tailor their flexibility policies in real time to help their team work better as a whole.
Here’s an example: A few weeks before July 4th, Werk’s co-founders noticed that a number of employees needed access to DeskPlus the days before and after the holiday. Based on this trend, they granted location variety to all employees for the entire week—giving everyone the ability to work from anywhere as long as they had access to consistent wifi and a quiet place without interruptions for calls and/or video chats. Employees already knew the deal: they were expected to be reachable by email and Slack during their usual “on” hours, whether they were camped out at a co-working space or staying put at home.
As a team, we were really eager to use this opportunity to test an extended team reprieve through location variety (especially since our research uncovered that DeskPlus is the most in-demand flex type). So how did the Werk team fare while fully distributed? As current research supports, everyone who took advantage of location variety experienced a spike in productivity, especially those whose jobs require a significant amount of head’s down “maker time.”
Here are some highlights from a few members of the Werk team:
Jordan Bonney, Visual Designer: For creative folks like Jordan, “maker time” is especially important. That’s why he spent the week at Spacious’s co-working space known as The Boqueria. He chose this location because it’s conveniently located near his apartment in Brooklyn, which reduced his overall commute time by about an hour. “This Spacious location was perfect for maker time since it has a ton of outlets, great wifi, coffee, tea, and a super nice staff,” Jordan reports. “I really appreciated the quiet environment, which is hard to come by in a typical NYC coffee shop.”
Matthew Benjamin, Engineer: Matthew, one of our engineers here at Werk, is currently working on a number of batch projects on deadline so he needed a quiet place to focus on production. That’s why he opted for Spacious’s flagship on 53rd St. in NYC. Matthew chose this location largely because he had a doctor’s appointment later that day in midtown. “It was super convenient since I had to be in that neighborhood anyways, which allowed me to get more work done,” he said. “The seating was also really comfortable—that goes a long way on maker days!”
Leslie Caputo, Director of Enterprise: Leslie’s 2-hour commute into the city is becoming a little more burdensome these days as she approaches her due date, so she took advantage of some quiet time at home. Our research has proven that access to location variety can be the key to maximizing productivity and wellness for employees with medical needs, which is why Leslie also has the option of working from anywhere in the weeks leading up to her maternity leave. “I was able to make some really great progress with the team via Slack during Remote week,” Leslie reported. “And the commute from my bed to my desk wasn’t too bad either!”
The link between location variety and productivity is undeniable. Learn how access to location-based flexibility impacts the workforce as a whole by downloading a free copy of our research report below.