59% value flexibility over jobs research finds
The research, which surveyed both the views of office workers and employers, found that flexible working is particularly important amongst younger workers. Over two-thirds (70%) of 25-34 year olds said that they would change their job if their employer did not allow them to work flexibly. Meanwhile, just half (50%) of those aged 45-54 feel the same.
Two-thirds (65%) of employers have seen an increase in the number of employees looking to work flexibly in comparison to five years ago. Nearly half (46%) already offer it as part of the recruitment process and a further quarter (24%) say they will do so in the future.
Whilst many workers choose to work flexibly for travel (26%) or childcare (34%), surprisingly, the largest percentage (48%) of workers who work flexibly choose to do so simply because they prefer it, suggesting concrete reasons are no longer necessary for employers to grant flexible working.
According to Angela Smith, managing director at Office Angels, “Flexible working is clearly more important to employees than ever before, and child care is not the main driver, rather it comes from the preference of employees.
“A strategic focus on flexible working can help an organisation attract and retain the best individuals. It is clear that a working culture which can adapt to a worker’s lifestyle is becoming increasingly important, with employees wanting to achieve the optimum work/life balance.
“However, whilst flexibility creates a work/life balance, it needs to be twinned with responsible choices. Opportunities to work flexibly should be clearly and transparently communicated to employees, with a working model in place that can be adapted. The right balance needs to be struck.”