Guest blog by Vanessa Tierney, Co-Founder of Abodoo.com, September 2018
1. What is the definition of SmartWorking?
SmartWorking is the combined use of technology with the flexibility and agility for employees to work remotely, co-work or use hybrid models. It enables companies to grow by hiring and retaining top talent based on skills rather than location, and people to achieve a true work life harmony. SmartWorking also supports global challenges such as the environment, cost of living, health, lifestyle and diversity.
2. How does Abodoo connect Smart or remote workers and businesses?
Imagine a career platform that enabled a business to post vacancies for free and be auto-matched to SmartWorkers based on skills and preferences promoting diversity and inclusion? By using unique algorithms and push technology, Abodoo provides all of this and more charging only when a candidate confirms an interview in a pay as you go or subscription model. Using Abodoo to hire for a SmartWorking model helps reduce time spent in recruitment and hire faster.
3. What are the benefits of SmartWorking for the employer and for the employee?
For the employer it immediately gives access to highly skilled talent across multiple areas that are ruled out in a traditional 100% office based roles. Other benefits include; 40% improvement in attrition excellent for the environmental section of CSR policies with the reduction of emissions, serious financial savings in both real estate costs and associated services and finally a happier workforce leading to increases in productivity.
4. How SmartWorking impacts the productivity of employees?
Productivity goes up because a SmartWorker feels trusted, empowered to get on with the job at hand and typically will be measured on output rather than hours. Giving employees more flexibility to fit their life into their career means earlier starts, focused periods of super productivity, more investment into training and high impact team get-togethers.
5. Why should companies in Ireland embrace SmartWorking?
Ireland has a highly skilled underemployed talent pool in suburbs and across rural areas many of which have the desire to work but logistically whether it is down to the commute, child care, mobility issues, diaspora wanting to return, or are unable to afford housing, are locked out of the traditional office model. Everyday hundreds of homes, villages and towns are being connected with high speed broadband and with that comes the opportunity to hire across our highly distributed country. By companies embracing SmartWorking they will not only benefit for themselves, but also play a major part in rural regeneration.
7. Should SmartWorking be a HR initiative only?
SmartWorking needs to be top management supported and have a number of champions and implementers at all levels, which HR plays a large part. Key to its success is a business strategy that maps out the journey and the impact it has across all departments. There are many variations of SmartWorking Models being used in Ireland today which include a new employee is onsite initially and after probation can go remote a % of the time and scale up to a full time model or having a hybrid for day one.
8. How SmartWorking impacts the attraction/retention of talent for SMEs?
SmartWorking improves candidate attraction because people more than ever desire more flexibility which is no longer limited to older workers as over 68% of millennials want to be agile or have the choice to be and by 2025 will make up 70% of the total workforce.
One of the biggest “hidden” costs to a business of any size is the loss of an employee given the time and cost in advertising, hiring, onboarding and training. The working life of an employee changes dramatically from their 20’s, to their 30’s and in many cases an inflexible working model will mean it is not sustainable to work every day in the office. Having a SmartWorking model will encourage employees to stay with a business as life changes happen because they can find work life harmony.
9. How can I learn more about SmartWorking?
Go to www.abodoo.com and watch the video or download the SmartWorking White Paper.