More employees admit they’d leave their jobs for more flexible working

Research conducted by Unify has found that more than one in three employees surveyed said they would leave their current employer if a job offer with more flexible working conditions came along.

Not surprisingly the report, of more than 900 global respondents across a variety of verticals including health, finance and education, found that generation Y was the most likely to fly the nest. 43% of gen Y employees polled admitted they’d look elsewhere for more flexible working.

This comes amidst a separate piece of research from PwC which prognosticates on the workplace of 2022, concluding that traditional recruitment methods and company structure will soon be ancient history.

The PwC paper, ‘The future of work: A journey to 2022’, finds that companies will be classified into three types; blue, green and orange. ‘Green’ firms “avoid hierarchy and opt for flexible, flat and fluid organisational structures”, while ‘orange’ firms opt in for an employee ‘deal’: more employees enjoying greater flexibility and challenges from working freelance.

“Looser, less tightly regulated clusters of companies are seen to work more effectively than their larger and potentially more unwieldy counterparts,” the researchers add.

It’s a current working trend in lots of fields. As Rin Hamburgh wrote in an opinion piece for the Guardian earlier this week, many freelance journalists are unable to survive purely on writing, instead building up ‘portfolio’ careers from a combination of journalism, sub-editing and media training.

As one human resources manager in South Africa noted in the PwC report, “people’s increasing need for diversified careers, mobility and flexibility” would have the single biggest impact on work in the next 10 years.

In the Unify survey, more than half of all senior managers surveyed said their companies were moving towards more flexible work, and expect change to that effect over the next two years. One in three respondents said they would drive initiatives to make flexible working a reality in their organisations.

Vendors have been driving this sea-change in employee working, from apps that allow you to complete business tasks on mobile to software that enables full desktop functionality from home. Employees evidently are keen on creating a more productive, mobile-friendly workplace, yet this organ is still of the view that there will still be a place for the traditional office. The question is: will employers follow suit?

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