Monday, June 27, 2016

Integration of age groups in the workplace – as easy as X, Y, Z

by Chris Merrick 
Originally published: June 24, 2016

Although millennials are widely known for desiring flexible working in their jobs, they are not the only generation that wants it integrated into their usual working practices. The ability to tailor flexible working in terms of location and hours is one of the main keys to unlocking millennial satisfaction in the workplace. The chance to move working hours, for example, starting later or contributing to hours at night are some of the ways that individuals would like to work flexibly. In fact, a substantial amount of intergenerational employees would be willing to sacrifice pay and promotions in order to facilitate flexible working.

Further to this, our Workforce Horizons1 report found that 92 per cent of HR and resourcing professionals believe that flexible working will be key to attracting new talent by 2025. Businesses that offer their workers the freedom to have a flexible working schedule stand a much higher chance of not only attracting but retaining top talent. Not only does this help promote satisfaction amongst employees, but is a sure fire way to tackle skills shortages within an organisation too.

That said, there has been a widespread discussion about how businesses are going to adapt to meet expectations around flexible working and technology. It is crucial that businesses keep an open mind about agile working. Giving employees the choice and tools they need to work in a way that suits them are key to promoting a satisfied workforce.