Hell-bent on flexibility

By Elizabeth Dukes via inc.com  Article

Why Are Millennials Hell-Bent on Flexibility at Work?

“More than 30 percent of American workers today are part of the Millennial generation, making them the largest shareholder of the American work force, above both Gen-X and Baby Boomers. With Millennials practically owning the labor force these days (and into the future), business leaders are constantly looking for new ways to attract and retain these rising professionals. The answer, it seems, boils down to one key factor: flexibility.
… While flexibility at work (whether that be in the form of flexible workspaces, remote work options, or flexible hours) may seem like a productivity hazard, employers can actually benefit greatly from it. For example, 22 percent of Millennials say they would be willing to work more hours and 82 percent would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options.But where flexibility can really have an impact is on retention: 34 percent have left a job because the employer did not provide flexibility. Clearly flexibility at work is critical to the Millennial way of life — but why?

Here are three key factors influencing Millennials’ preference for flexible work options.

1. Work-Life Balance

… for Millennials specifically, Deloitte’s 2016 Millennial Survey found 88 percent wish they had the ability to choose when they start and finish work. This flexibility supports the desire for better work-life balance so they can create schedules that work with their lives, including when and where they want to work.

2. Technology

Millennials have no interest in the traditional 9-to-5 schedule. They prefer to set their own hours and complete tasks in the way that works best for them. This means employers need to offer flexibility that gives them the option to work remotely, attend meetings virtually, and collaborate online rather than in face-to-face meetings. …

3. On-Demand Work

Another factor driving Millennials’ need for flexibility is the growing gig economy, or on-demand work options. On-demand jobs are appealing to Millennials because they offer exactly the type of flexibility they desire — the ability to set their own hours, seamless technology to find and complete work, and the ability to take on work or ‘gigs’ that appeal to them most.”


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