"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."
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.
The walls have come down, literally and figuratively. In this space where people come together remarkable things happen. From fledgling concept to fully formed and flourishing; an exploration of the (future) workplace in Australia and New Zealand.
In this 35 page report, workplace legends Chris Cane and Chris Alcock share 11 case studies from AU and NZ where two-thirds of the workforce expect to be activity-based working (ABW) by 2020. Half of financial institution employees already do.
Each study includes quantified benefits such as:
- An increase in net promoter scores, engagement, sustainability scores, speed to decision making, and talent attraction
- A reduction in real estate costs, churn, and waste
While the banking industry has led the charge, the study indicates that all of the major insurance companies, professional consulting organizations, real estate and property sector, and technology companies have made a move toward ABW.
The authors credit the speed at which ABW has advanced in AU/NZ, at least in part, to the pioneering nature of their population. They are eager to try new and better ways of doing things and not afraid of challenging convention.
The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Report was released today by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs.
The report covers trends in the telecommuting workforce over the last ten years including:
Last week in Chicago, cre.tech and MetaProp NYC presented a CRE.tech LIVE seminar about “Innovative and Productive Workplaces.” Hosted by JLL, the coffee-fueled event brought together some of the brightest workplace strategy experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with today’s rapidly changing office technology. Ed Nolan, JLL’s Managing Director of Workplace Strategy …
This is a must-read for any organization involved in workplace change. We so often operate in silos that unless IT is leading the change, it's the last thing the workplace strategist thinks about.
Dell’s goal of 50,000 employees telecommuting by 2020 driven by real estate savings and sustainability
"Whether you call it telecommuting, remote work, mobile work or distributed work, these flexible-work arrangements are here to stay, ...says Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based consulting firm that specializes in flexible-workplace strategies."
Already 20k Dell employees work at home and average of about 10 days a month. Their program dates back to 2009 when they discovered their office space was grossly underutilized.