Workplace flexibility was once a cutting-edge idea, differentiating new, trendy companies from the pack. Today it’s proving to be an essential recruitment tool, a factor that many organisations need to consider attracting and maintain the best talent.
In a recent survey conducted by Citrix, more than half of Australian white collar workers said they would take a pay cut in return for full-time remote work. Moreover, almost two thirds of respondents aged 18-24 said they would take a pay cut to work remotely 100 per cent of the time—the most likely of any age group. For a younger generation entering the workforce, who do not remember a time without the immediate access mobile tools provide, the idea of being tied down to a desk from 9-5 doesn’t compute.
An Atlassian study revealed nearly seven in 10 Australian workers believed both their job satisfaction and work-life balance improved since shifting to remote working earlier in the year. However, research conducted by Wrike showed that only two thirds of workers felt their company was well set up to work remotely, months after it had been established as the ‘new normal’.
Smartphones have put computers in our pockets, proving that almost anything can get done on-the-go, and there is no turning back. Fortunately, productivity solutions, like mobile dictation apps, give many of these employees who want or need flexibility, the power to work wherever they want. Is your organisation ready?