Offering flexible working arrangements may be key to recruiters and hiring managers attracting top talent in their industries.
A global survey conducted by virtual conferencing company Polycom and HR firm Future Workplace found that nearly three out of four employees say their company provides flexible working arrangements. Thirty-two percent of employees surveyed regularly work remotely, and 79 percent of employees said they work with at least one person who isn’t located in their office.
Furthermore, the study revealed some of the habits of workers in flexible arrangements. Of remote employees, 40 percent named their home office as their preferred working space. Seventy percent of remote workers said they benefit from control over their work-life balance through the arrangement, while 63 percent cited enhanced productivity as a benefit.
Industry insiders urge recruiters and companies to work together to offer more flexible working arrangements to attract talent.
“Everything’s going to circle around more freedom and flexibility, but in terms of technology, people expect to be productive anywhere, at any time, and what that requires is technology around mobility,” said Jamison West, CEO of software company Teamatics, in an interview with TechTarget. “There’s a massive trend to give people tools to be highly mobile. Millennials expect it.”