54% of Recruiters say work flexibility encourages retention. 51% agree it attracts candidates. Surprising, I know – I thought it would be higher.

But you don’t have to take our word for it! Riley Stefano of Omaha’s Quantum Workplace reveals a 2017 HubSpot study found “for the first time EVER that having a flexible work environment beat out the need for a competitive salary, with 53% of those surveyed naming it as the #1 most important employee benefit.”

What does flexibility look like?

Flexibility can mean a lot of things. If your company doesn’t serve the public during traditional business hours, you can allow your employees to work flexible shifts. Doing so can shape true work-life balance.

Roy Maurer of SHRM reports a FlexJobs study found 80 percent of employees said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. “Working remotely full-time is the flexible work option of choice among respondents (76 percent), followed by flexible scheduling (72 percent), part-time scheduling (46 percent) and working remotely part-time (43 percent),” Maurer reveals of the study’s findings.

Flexibility prevents burnout.

Why people quit, its the “I just can’t take it anymore” factor. Recognising we all have responsibilities outside of our jobs and companies who enable staff to handle all of those responsibilities have great online reviews.

“Not too long ago, the idea of finding an ideal work-life balance seemed mythical,” writes Stefano, “The ever-faster pace of the working world burnt out employees. It caused disconnect between families, and employees became unhappy with their workplaces.”

Flexibility promotes productivity.

You know the old adage “a happy employee is a productive employee”? It’s not just a simple euphemism. It’s the truth! Flexible schedules, the ability to work from home or both will contribute a positive workplace.

“Happy employees not only choose to stay at their current company, they sing its praises to family, friends, and top talent currently searching for their next career move,” notes Stefano, “Employees who are happy and feel valued by their company become your talent ambassadors. These de facto recruiters share their stories with friends, family, and social networks, where today’s talent is searching for their next career.”

For more ideas on how to offer flexibility in your workplace, contact Hire Value Inc. today!

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