Some of the possible negative outcomes for employers and/or employees related to alternative work arrangements include the challenges related to the appropriate functioning of such programs for employers as well as employees, dealing with issues related to the training of employees, supervision of work, and evaluation of employees’ performance. Besides, it becomes more difficult for the employees to maintain effective coordination with peers and bosses in such a work arrangement. In addition, some managers find it hard to adjust to such unusual working arrangements, and thus their efficiency and productivity might be negatively affected by them.
What types of factors are influencing organizations to consider using alternative work arrangements? Explain how alternative work arrangements can address the problems/issues that are raised by these factors.
There are three major factors that are influencing organizations to consider using alternative work arrangements, namely workers’ needs, expectations, and desires for greater flexibility in the workplace; fuel consumption and fuel costs related to commuting, and the impact of carbon footprint related to it; and the restrictive impact caused by the financial global crisis on the job opportunities. In the present age, when cost of living has increased tremendously, people not only need to have multiple sources of income in order to be able to make a living, but also need to acquire new skills and competences so that they become eligible for more opportunities. This places a need before them to pay due attention to academia as well as industry. In addition to that, people also have to take care of their families, and there are so many other commitments. All of these factors make alternative work arrangements a more convenient option for a vast majority of employees. Alternative work arrangements can address the problems posed by these factors by increasing the rate of employee retention, ...Show more