Forget clocking in to the office, 9-5, Monday to Friday, because more than two-thirds of us are varying the hours worked, patterns of work and even where we work each week, says a global study of over 18,000 workers.
More and more of us choosing this way of working, no longer as tied down to our workplace as before, and businesses are seeing knock-on benefits when offering flexible working to its people. Things like greater job satisfaction and business growth, increased competitiveness and productivity, better profits and lower real estate costs, plus you can attract (and keep hold of) the best people in the workforce.
An EY study in 2015 surveyed almost 10,000 full time employees in eight of the world’s largest economies and discovered that workplace flexibility was the top feature they sought in a new job and ranked it slightly less than a competitive salary.
While some industries, like manufacturing typically don’t appear to lend themselves to an environment of workplace flexibility some of the most innovative companies have recognised the benefits and finding creative solutions.
Flexible hours, flexible start times within two-hour windows, shift swapping, compressed or short weeks, flexible holiday durations or a paid time off policy, voluntary company shut down times, part time work and job sharing are just some of the flexible options being offered.
Since labour hire tends to deal with the placement of short-term positions, it can attract candidates looking for flexible job opportunities suited to their needs and lifestyle.
If you’re an employer building flexible workforces by making temporary work available contact a recruitment agency like Trojan Recruitment Group and get advice from the experts in labour hire, temp recruitment and permanent and contract staff.