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82% enjoy agile working, Randstad reveals

The traditional way of working (at the office during opening hours) still rules among the respondents of the latest Randstad Workmonitor.

Globally, 68% agree with this sentiment, with India (85%) at the highest end and the Netherlands (47%) at the lowest end. There is a clear shift toward an agile way of working, i.e., from multiple locations and outside standard opening hours, going on. In India and China the shift is highest (69% and 66% respectively) and in Czech Republic (28%) lowest. 41% of the global respondents report to be already working in a real agile environment with India once again in the lead (64%) and Luxembourg and Greece (both 27%) at the lowest end of the range.

82% of the global respondents like agile working as it allows them to maintain a good work-life balance and 81% say it improves their productivity, creativity and job satisfaction. On the other hand, 44% indicate that it causes a lot of pressure on their personal life, as they never seem to be ‘disconnected’ from work. Strikingly, 47% of the male respondents have that feeling whereas 40% of the female respondents say to do so.

65% of the global respondents prefer to work from home or another location from time to time, and 56% state that their employer provides them with the technological equipment to do so. 64% of the global respondents say they would prefer to work from home or another location, but they don’t have the possibility to do so in their job. Finally, 59% globally prefer to work at the office and in this respect India leads with 81% and the Netherlands scores lowest with 47%.

In order to stay informed and aligned with colleagues, 69% of the global respondents say they regularly have in-person or face-to-face meetings, versus 36% stating they have virtual team meetings via video conferencing. India (74%) and China (70%) score highest on the virtual meeting scale, and Austria, Hungary (both 20%) and Luxembourg (15%) score lowest.

When it comes to having the freedom to organise and prioritise their own work, 66% of the global respondents say they have it, whereas 48% say that their work is being prioritised by their manager and 56% state that their manager tells them what to do. 

With a Mobility Index score of 109, the number of employees worldwide expecting to work for a different employer in the coming six months remained stable compared to the last two quarters. Mobility increased most in Norway (+7), Singapore (+5), and Germany (+4). The biggest decreases in mobility are found in Canada (-7), Turkey (-6), and Italy (-5). Argentina, Chile, China, Hong Kong, India, Denmark, Hungary and Portugal show no shift in mobility.

Actual job change went slightly down to 22% and it is again India reporting the highest increase (44%), followed by Malaysia (39%). Compared to last quarter, the actual job change increased in Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland and Turkey. In Czech Republic and Denmark the actual job change decreased compared to last quarter. In Luxembourg the actual job change is still lowest (6%). 

Job change appetite, i.e., the desire to change jobs increased in Hong Kong, India, Norway, Turkey, the UK and the US and decreased in Italy, Japan, Spain and the Netherlands compared to last quarter. The appetite to change jobs is highest in India (45%) and lowest in Turkey (15%).

Compared to the previous quarter, job satisfaction increased in Austria, Hungary, Japan, Sweden and the UK. There are no countries showing a decrease in job satisfaction. Like last quarter, job satisfaction is highest in Mexico (84%) and lowest in Japan (45%).

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