Insights/ Flexible working is this the new norm?

At the recent InVoyage meeting in Ras al Khaimah, Andrew Grill aka ‘the Practical Futurist’ sent a stark warning to his audience that businesses needed to disrupt the norm and challenge traditional working trends in order to thrive. A typical 9-5, five days a week makes little sense in today’s technology enabled world – and does not fit with what many want from work today.

For the events industry this is completely achievable. As with many sectors it is common to run a global 24/7 operation, particularly when a typical event can be held anywhere in the world over the course of a few days rather than within traditional office hours.

At Powwow, flexibility has been on the agenda for several years with all the current permanent staff taking some form of flexible working in 2018. This includes working part-time or working flexi hours to ensure that production is maximised. At its best flexible working supports the team to achieve a better work life balance, enhances commitment, motivation and engagement, as well as retaining and drawing in new talent.

According to Katy Johns, Director at Powwow, ‘it’s all about developing trust and communicating with your staff. Give your team the space to do their job, trust their judgement and nurture their development and you will get the best out of them”. Flexible working needs to be embedded at the core of the company, supported by all stakeholders and underpinned by excellent IT systems. Only then can flexible working truly work.