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How Reddit’s Antiwork has made employers rethink intangible employee benefits

r/Antiwork, a subreddit typically filled with horror stories about bad bosses has now changed America’s attitude about workplace compensation and benefits. 

There is no doubt that the workplace has changed dramatically in recent years. With technology making it easier for employees to work remotely, more businesses adopt flexible work schedules. But does this arrangement improve revenue? 

A study by Stanford University found that companies with fully remote staff reported a modest revenue increase, while those with some remote workers saw no change.  

There are several reasons for this disparity. First, when everyone is working remotely, it can be difficult to build team cohesion, and communication can suffer. This can lead to lost productivity and slower decision-making. Additionally, remote employees may feel isolated or disconnected from the company culture, impacting their motivation and performance. 

In contrast, companies that allow employees to work flexible hours often see a boost in revenue. This is because employees are more productive when they control their work schedules. They can balance their work and personal responsibilities more easily, which leads to less stress and improved morale. Additionally, employers can save money on office space and other overhead costs.

A Work Schedule Policy That Has Gone Viral On Social Media 

A small business owner searched for ideas to thank his staff of about 30 workers for record sales during Covid; they assumed a holiday bonus or another team activity would be ideal. 

In a Reddit post, a senior executive claims they had another offer — one influenced by the fast-growing antiwork Reddit community. 

Companies that allow employees to work flexible hours often see a boost in revenue.

“This sub has really made me question why we spend so much of our life working just to get by, so I put together a proposal — let’s work less and give everyone more space in their personal life,” said the user in a Reddit post that has gone viral. 

The manager revealed that the owner was given three recommendations: a 10% pay raise for all employees, five additional days off, and the possibility to make optional Mondays for staff.  

“The proposal was accepted 4 months ago, and all I can say is wowwww — what a difference it’s made to the team happiness, with no decline in revenue,” said the user. 

The said post was made using an anonymous account, and we have been unable to verify any of the author’s assertions through numerous attempts to contact them. 

Despite this, the viral post has garnered over 29,000 reactions and 283 comments on LinkedIn, where Reddit’s official account page posted it. 

Many of the LinkedIn users were most interested in the optional Monday approach, which the author described as a “catch-up” day for a four-day workweek. 

The article’s author added that the firm had previously been operating on a relatively flexible schedule, with many workers working remotely. However, this new approach now clarifies that no meetings or high-impact commitments will be scheduled on Mondays. 

“Finish all your work from last week? Great, don’t come in,” they said. “Feeling a little behind? Your Monday is for you to catch up from home.” 

According to the author of the post, the new policy has no apparent detrimental influence on revenue and will help the firm save money by lowering employee turnover. 

So, what’s the best way to go about implementing a flexible work schedule? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are a few tips:

1. Start small: If you’re unsure how your employees will react to a flexible work policy, start by introducing it gradually. Allow employees to start working from home one day a week or come in late once a month. This will allow you to see how this arrangement works before making it permanent.

2. Communicate: Make sure your employees know what they need to do to make this arrangement work. Set clear goals and guidelines for when and how work needs to be completed, and let your workers know that their flexibility will depend on meeting those goals.

3. Evaluate: Once you implement a flexible schedule, regularly check in with your employees to ensure they’re satisfied and meeting expectations. If necessary, adjust the schedule so everyone is comfortable and productivity remains high across the board.

By taking these steps, businesses can enjoy greater collaboration between coworkers, increased productivity from employees, and above all else – more revenue!

Anna Verasai
Anna Versai is a Team Writer at The HR Digest; she covers topics related to Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Interview Tips, Employee Benefits, HR News and HR Leadership. She also writes for Technowize, providing her views on the Upcoming Technology, Product Reviews, and the latest apps and softwares.

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