Job Seekers Want Flexibility

Flexible schedules have become more and more popular. Because job seekers want flexibility, organizations are finding ways to make those schedules a reality. There are a variety of ways to do this, some businesses have focused on job sharing strategies while other companies have opted for flexible hours, including scheduling hours to meet client needs or to line up with personal responsibilities, such as childcare. 

When transitioning to a flexible work environment, managers may want to schedule temporary help or contract support to fill any gaps. To connect with your next hire, talk to an employment expert at Quality Placement Authority

Different Types of Work Arrangements

If you are finding that whenever you post a job the job seekers want flexibility, think about what is possible before agreeing to flexible work arrangements. After all, it is important both management and workers understand the arrangement and that all work duties are being completed. Flexible arrangements should not result in a productivity reduction, they should be beneficial for all involved. 

A handful of possible work arrangements:

  • Job sharing. When two or more employees share one job.
  • Working from home. Agreeing to some or all of a job being performed off-site.
  • Mobile working. Job duties done from a remote location or another office.
  • Compressed hours. Working longer days and having a longer weekend, for example.
  • Staggered shifts. Employees do not begin or finish working at the same time.

There are many options, depending on the needs of the organization and the desire of long-term employees and new hires. Once an arrangement is decided on, be sure everyone knows what is expected and encourage people to share comments or concerns when the system is new. Then small changes can be made, if needed. 

When Job Seekers Want Flexibility, Consider a Hybrid 

Of course, there are times when not everyone will agree. For example, if employees want to work remotely and their managers want them in the office it may feel like there is no way to solve the problem. In reality, hybrid agreements can help. Workers and employers could agree to working on-site, in the office, three days a week, and employees who choose to could work off-site the other two days of a workweek. 

An advantage to hiring managers, flexible work can attract talented hires. There are even reports of workers turning down job offers because they require them to work in the office full time. This may be a surprise to hiring managers that have worked in offices for decades, but there is a trend of people evaluating their work-life balance and seeing flex work arrangements and hybrid environments as essential. 

Are you a hiring manager that has noticed job seekers want flexibility but need advice on how to keep your organization fully staffed while you reorganize positions? Quality Placement Authority is a full-service staffing and recruiting firm with nationwide service capabilities. Let our experts help you find the best candidate for your business. Connect with Quality Placement Authority today.