Understanding Candidate Demand for Flexibility
Workplace flexibility as a talent management policy is no longer an option; it is an essential practice that enables organizations to attract and develop skilled talent. The practice is rapidly becoming a win-win: reflective of employee and employer needs. According to the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, “As companies become multinational in their scope of services, suppliers and products, the ability to interact with customers and clients all around the world requires a workforce that can operate flexibly in terms of hours and locations.”
Candidates today report a dramatic increase in the importance of schedule flexibility in their career decisions. In many countries, this factor has risen between 20 and 30 percent in just one year. In fact, nearly 40 percent of global candidates report that schedule flexibility is now among the top three factors they consider when making career decisions.
Historically, workplace culture has valued presenteeism over results and output. But two-thirds (63 percent) of today’s candidates do not believe they need to be sitting at their desk to get their work done. Technology has irreversibly shifted the paradigm in many workplaces. In response, more companies are implementing some type of flexibility policy than ever before. As a result, companies that are proactively creating flexible work arrangements may be at an advantage in recruiting and retaining in-demand talent.
To better understand how employers can leverage global candidate preferences and perceptions, ManpowerGroup Solutions, the world’s largest Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider, went directly to the source — candidates. In the Global Candidate Preferences Survey, nearly 14,000 individuals in the workforce between the ages of 18 and 65 shared what matters to them in the job search process. The study was fielded in 19 influential countries across the globe.
Flexible work arrangements are no longer just a concern of working mothers. People of all ages are interested in the blend of work and home that technology affords and society demands. This report provides new insights into schedule flexibility preferences across the globe.