Despite the rise of flexible working options among many business sectors, others haven't been as quick to jump on this trend. However, according to the results of a recent Hays Quarterly Report, the tide is changing among two industries - architecture and engineering.
'Rare' flexible working opportunities
The option for flexible working has been born out of the need for highly skilled professionals in each field. With more businesses looking for candidates who can add value to their operations, benefits such as working from home become an important consideration for potential employees.
Senior Regional Director of Hays Architecture and Hays Engineering, Adam Shapley, explained that flexible working options were historically rare in these industries and businesses often ignored the opportunities.
"Even though architects and engineers spend time travelling to and from sites and often work outside the standard business day, it was rare for a formal flexible working policy to be put in place," he said.
"To attract and retain talent in limited supply, architecture and engineering practices are now adopting a flexible approach for roles that can be completed on a laptop or desktop. This is a positive trend for both the architecture and engineering sectors."
"Architecture and engineering practices are now adopting a flexible approach."
Mr Shapley noted that employees across the board believe that work-life balance is important so employers must address these thoughts through internal practices such as flexible working.
How can teleconferencing help with this transition?
For both the architecture and engineering industries, teleconferencing can provide the necessary connection between those working at home and clients, stakeholders and other employees. Here are two benefits that you might like to consider.
1) Up-to-date project details
Engineers and architects both understand that for a client to be happy with the final product, the project details must be regularly reviewed, assessed and analysed.
With this fact in mind, it is pleasing to note that Eureka Conferencing can provide calls that can accommodate over 200 people at one time. This means other professionals can join the call at the same time as those working at home and engage with the key stakeholders to nail down the details.
2) Negotiation skills
According to the Australian Institute of Architects, professionals in this area need to have excellent lateral thinking and negotiation skills to solve complex building issues. However, when time is of the essence, there may not be a lot of scope to travel to the location and deal with the problem in person.
As such, a teleconference can quickly be arranged with the key players and the problems ironed out in a productive manner.
For more information about how teleconferencing can help in either engineering or architecture, contact our expert team today.