Why you won’t be worse off when working flexibly

When people consider the advantages of flexible working, inevitably thoughts tend to focus on the desire to achieve a better work/life balance, to spend more time with the family, after all, there’s more to life than work, work, work.

Often the actual cost benefits of flexible working are overlooked. In fact, the tangible cost savings that moving to a flexible work pattern can bring are considerable. They are certainly not to be sniffed at.

The cost of daily commute and coffee

Commuting costs money: Oyster card, season ticket, or petrol – over time it adds up to a considerable sum. The frustration and waste of time that the commute equates to is one thing, but when it’s draining the wallet too?

And don’t forget those other ‘incidentals’ that often become part of the daily routine. A medium latte every morning is going to end up costing you in excess of £500 a year. Add the odd croissant onto that – and lunch on the go – and you can see how the cost of the commute can easily equate to a pretty penny before you know it.

Cut the costs: From childcare to communication channels

There are many other ways that flexible working can end up being kind to your wallet. First, there are potential savings to be had in terms of childcare costs. It’s not called flexible working for nothing – Depending on the flexible work schedule chosen, may decrease external childcare hours and costs. For example, if a couple both have flexible working schedules, mum can get into the office for 6.00am, while dad gets the kids prepared for and taken to school, ready to start work for 9.30am. Mum’s typical eight-hour day finishes by 2.00pm and is ready to collect the kids from school. This type of flexible working schedule results in two full-time income and no childcare costs.

And the thing is, whenever you think you’ve come across a potential stumbling block – the cost of staying connected if you are working away from the office, for example – there’s a solution staring you straight in the face. There are a wealth of free cloud-based collaboration services and tools available now on the market, such as Slack, to streamline communication and keep costs down.

Flexible working can save you time and money

You definitely won’t be worse off financially with flexible working and there are also the associated time benefits to consider.  The daily commute costs money but it takes time too – and time can be as valuable to a person as money. For instance, you’d be amazed at how much faster the commute is with a 10.30 start time at the office instead of 8.30. A flexible working schedule can also free up more time at other periods during the working week, leading to increased time-efficiency.

In short, flexible working won’t leave you out of pocket.

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