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Work Flexibility is More Important Than You May Think

The monotony of our everyday professional lives can sometimes get the worst of us. If we feel chained to our desks and fed up with the old routine, frustration mounts and our job-satisfaction can take a serious hit. That is why corporations far and wide are working towards optimizing work arrangements to strike a better work/life balance and improve workers’ overall wellbeing.

Labor Marketing is Changing

Researchers at Adzuna found that as much as 18% of current opportunities across America mention flexible work terms in job ads. While the majority of roles offering high levels of flexibility apply chiefly to teaching jobs as well as sales and marketing, we expect to see a growth in flexible work arrangements expanding into other industries as well.

Proven Benefits of Flexible Hours

The implementation of a flexible work culture has been shown to have a positive effect on the workforce. Proven to boost morale, reduce absenteeism, and enhance productivity — a work ethic built on trust and flexibility contributes to maintaining a happy and loyal staff. Moreover, both managers and employees report productivity increases as individuals and teams directly match tasks to how, when and where they are done most effectively.

Lily Valentin, US Country Manager at Adzuna, comments: “Offering flexible work arrangements can play a decisive role in hiring and retaining staff. Prospective employees will ask for it in interviews, and current workers will stay if they’re given enough trust and autonomy.”

Millennial Say

According to a recent survey ran by Statistics Canada, the strong correlation between job flexibility and job satisfaction rings particularly true particularly among young workers. The survey revealed that those aged between 18 – 33 are especially fond of having a higher extent of control over their hours, which allows them to strike a better balance between professional and personal life.

Making up more than 35% of the U.S. labor force, millennials are the main driving force challenging the current labor landscape. Repeatedly tagged as “entitled” and “unrealistic”, millennials seek ways of balancing corporate responsibilities with individual needs. They are thus more interested in jobs that offer scope for self-expression, allowing their individuality to shine through.

With close to 70% of millennials saying they prefer remote working conditions to the more traditional office model, they are eroding the organizational structures that many of their predecessors took for granted. Effectively, employers across the country are seeking ways to revamp their employment schemes to attract top talent and accommodate the demands of millennial workers.

About Adzuna:

Adzuna is a job search engine used by over 10 million monthly visitors across 16 countries that aims to list every job, everywhere. We search thousands of websites so our users don’t have to, bringing together millions of ads in one place. By providing smarter search options and powerful job market data, we give jobseekers the information they need to take control of their careers.

Adzuna was founded in the UK in 2011 by Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro, former eBay executives, and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Index Ventures, LocalGlobe, and Passion Capital.

Adzuna’s mission is to be the best place to look for a job. We love using the awesome power of technology to help match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and to keep America working.