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Nearly all professionals say they need flexibility, but only half say their job offers it
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Nearly all professionals say they need flexibility, but only half say their job offers it

"In our study on flexibility in the modern workforce, we set out to determine whether a gap exists between flexibility supply and demand. In other words, how many people need flexibility, and how many people actually have it? To find out, we surveyed 1,583 white-collar professionals representative of the U.S. workforce at large."

Source: hbr.org

While more than 9 out of 10 professionals surveyed say they want flexibility in when and where they work, less than half have it. The study also found:

  • Only 29% felt the way the worked was sustainable over time
  • Only 37% felt inspired by their workspace
  • Only 29% said they brought their whole self to work

 

Respondents without flexibility were:

  • 2x more likely to quit
  • 2x more likely to be dissatisfied with work 
  • Had employee net promoter scores 48 points lower

 

The study suggests a wide range of flexible work options including flexible hours, flexible location, reduced travel, and part-time work. 

 

 


New survey results about corner offices, titles, skills, and moonlighting 
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New survey results about corner offices, titles, skills, and moonlighting 

Professionals spend an average of 90,000 hours working over the course of a lifetime. That’s half of the waking hours in your working adult life. So with over half a billion professionals on LinkedIn, we have taken a closer look at what success means to you. What are you in it for? Why do you get up and go to work every day?

Source: blog.linkedin.com

In rather a hodge-podge of survey questions, this Linked-In poll shows:

  • 96% don't care about a corner office
  • 89% say skills are more important than titles
  • 86% don't care about having an admirable job
  • 69% work primarliy to pay the bills
  • 39% feel successful when teaching others
  • 36% get their satisfaction from moonlighting
  • 34% would take a paycut in exchange for a flexible schedule

 


Microsoft renovating Redmond campus to hold its appealy over time 
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Microsoft renovating Redmond campus to hold its appealy over time 

“We are building the kind of space we need for the future. We’re building for the employees here now and the eighth graders who will be here one day,” said Michael Ford, general manager of Global Real Estate and Facilities. “In the past, the employee had to flex to the space. Now, the space flexes to the employee.”

Source: blogs.microsoft.com

The refresh will, of course, be infused with technology, but more important to Microsoft is the employee experience. It will include:

  • Apps for wayfinding, parking, intracampus shuttles, transit, and even placing lunch orders
  • Driverless vehicle parking/pickup points
  • A cricket pitch
  • Potentially a food-growing program heated by the buildings servers

Similar projects will be undertaken in Ireland, Israel, Silicon Valley, Brazil and elsewhere.

 


Three quarters of stay-at-home parents say flexibility would allow them to continue to work 
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Three quarters of stay-at-home parents say flexibility would allow them to continue to work 

"While the official U.S. unemployment rate has declined since the start of the recession in late 2007, the total share of adults who are not employed has risen in recent years. This survey examines the views and experiences of this broad group of prime-age workers who are not employed, including ...what it would take to get them working...".

Source: kff.org

With employers wringing their collective hands about talent and labor shortages, why aren't more hearing the message: the key is flexibility.


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