Time is a precious commodity and many of us say we do not have enough of it throughout the week. Access to additional “found” time is perhaps one of the most quickly glazed over benefits of a well-planned remote or flexible work arrangement.
Not only does remote work eliminate all of the time otherwise spent commuting, an empowered remote work arrangement also helps diminish the number of costly distractions that quickly pull away from productivity and effectiveness.
Flextime is for everyone
Although accessibility to those within leadership roles is crucial for organizations to operate effectively, being able to get work done is equally vital. And unfortunately, leaders often struggle with time-consuming disruptions.
This is why it’s important to realize that flextime is not just for the employee base. It can provide leadership with a regularly scheduled opportunity to focus on responsibilities and recharge when necessary.
Plus, just because a leader isn’t physically in the office does not mean that they cannot be fully connected. Today’s collaboration technology empowers face-to-face engagement and collaboration anytime and anywhere.
This Remote.co post provides an array of ideas where remote workers could invest that time – even if it is just an additional hour in each day. However, the key to making the most of the time flexibility provides is to identify the opportunities with the most personal meaning. And then take action.
For some, having extra time represents an opportunity to focus on being a more effective mentor. Having access to video and instant messaging can play a key role here by enabling seamless connections without having to travel. Not only does mentoring represent an opportunity to share your knowledge with the next generation of leaders, it has tremendous benefits for the mentor as well.
As Ted Karczewski writes in this Fast Company article mentors need to “accept that your potential as a professional only becomes stronger as you surround yourself with inspired minds—those you have nurtured through their own career growth.”
Likewise, devoting some of this time to drawing from peer connection opportunities like those Glen Hellman discusses can be refreshing for those within leadership positions. “It’s being able to collaborate. It’s understanding that you as the leader do not have all the answers and that’s okay. As long as you find a way to get those answers formulated in a collaborative environment.”
Flexibility can also represent an opportunity to give back to meaningful initiatives, For instance, it could mean donating time by lending your expertise to worthy organizations. In the process, you’ll build a community and make the world around you a little bit better through your contributions.
Bottom line: Making the most of extra time created by flexible work environments is not necessarily about always making a monumental difference. Instead, it is about recognizing that flexibility equals opportunity – whether that is an opportunity to grow or simply recharge.