Flexible working prioritised by 85pc of prospective employees

A considerable 85% of workers worldwide have said they would prioritise a role that offered flexible working options. Already some 50% of the 15,000 respondents to a new survey confirmed that they work outside their company’s main location for at least half the working week.

These are the findings of IWG’s recent Global Workspace Survey, which points to a power shift towards employees, as independent, skilled workers are increasingly demanding to work their own hours and sometimes in remote locations.

Founder and CEO of IWG, Mark Dixon says that over a decade since the company first published its annual Global Workspace Survey, the world of work has changed dramatically. “The idea of commuting for hours to work 9-5 in a dreary office is fast becoming as about as relevant as a fax machine in the working day,” he stated.

The survey suggests around 77% of businesses are already adapting to improve talent retention by introducing flexible working, while 71% of those polled acknowledge that it enables them to expand their workforce. Further, 85% of businesses confirm that productivity has increased in their business because of greater flexibility.

“Alongside the latest figures that show a growing number of organisations adopt flexible working (up 5% since 2017), 64% of businesses say their revenues and profits have increased in the last year,” the report states.

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