Adecco workplace survey shows majority of Australia workers are flexible.

Workplace flexibility is now the norm.

The increasing pressure on workplace flexibility is proving challenging to some workplaces. The Adecco Group recently conducted their annual workplace survey of over 5,000 people Australia-wide and found that 60 per cent of today’s workers have flexible working arrangements. The demand from workers for flexibility in their roles continues to rise and it is now no longer an optional benefit to workplaces if they wish to retain highly skilled staff.  

“Workplace Flexibility is no longer a ‘nice to have’,” said Rafael Moyano, CEO, Australia. “It is now an imperative benefit that employers must offer to stay competitive and be attractive to potential candidates. In today’s candidate-driven market, with unemployment rates under six per cent, the candidate is in the driver seat. If a company doesn’t offer the most enticing benefits, top talent will look elsewhere.”

Some business can find it difficult to continue with team collaboration and innovation through offering staff flexibility however with 40 per cent of Australian workplaces offering remote working, 26 per cent offering flexible hours and 12 per cent offering a compressed working week, taking an individual approach to an employee’s needs is what is required.

Moyano added: “The world of work is now enabled by forms of technology so employees can work seamlessly from anywhere. However, while technology has evolved drastically over the last decade, the traditional working environment has remained static. It’s time that our working styles evolve as rapidly as technology.”

Companies such as Google are leading the way, providing a dual approach to employee benefits.  From making the office a fun place to be that doesn’t feel like work and the freedom to be creative and innovative through to individual employee flexibility arrangements, it proves that innovation and collaboration is still viable in a multi-flexible workplace.

Using technology as an enabler to enhance workplace communication, combined with trust and robust policies and staff KPI’s proves essential in implementing an individual flexible workplace that works for everyone. The 9 to 5 mentality is now over. While many Australians work more than 40 hours a week, not all those hours are spent in the office. People are working smarter, not longer, and getting more done with less.

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