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What People Want at Work in 2016

What People Want at Work in 2016
From Recruiter - September 20, 2016

If you thought that your workers were tackling big tasks, hitting their deadlines at the office, and generally happy commuting into work, think again. According to a new survey from FlexJobs, the biggest thing that employees want at work in 2016 can be summed up in one word: flex.

What People Want at Work in 2016

The FlexJobs Fifth Annual Super Survey takes a good look at the world of flexible work and whypeopleare clamoring for it from their employers.

According to the survey,65 percent of workers believe that they would be more productive at home than they areat the office. The reasons: fewer collegial interruptions (76 percent), diminished distractions (75 percent), and a decrease in the number of office meetings (69 percent). But it doesnt end there: not having to deal with office drama ranks highly,(68 percent), as doesditching hellish commutes (67 percent).

So, who are these workers who want flexible work options? If you guessed working parents would lead the list, youd be right: 39 percent of them want flexible work options. Coming in second are freelancers (26 percent), and introverts pull up in third (21 percent). Entrepreneurs take the fourth place (20 percent), followed by caretakers (16 percent) and digital nomads (11 percent).

The motives for wanting flex vary as much as the people seeking it. By far, the biggest reason for people wanting or needing flexible work options was the need to pay for basic necessities (80 percent), followed by wanting to travel (58 percent) and needing to save for retirement (65 percent). Other reasons included wanting to pay off debt (59 percent), desiring to have a professional impact on the world (41 percent), hoping to contribute to charity (28 percent), and needing to pay for continuing education (25 percent).

Employers and Flex Work in 2016

Sure, employees want flex, but does that mean employers are obligated to give it to them?

Absolutely, according to the survey results. When job seekers areconsideringwhether or not to accept a job offer, work flexibility ranks as the most important determining factor (80 percent). Its even more important than salary (74 percent) and health insurance (43 percent). What used to be one of the biggest determining factors, a companys 401(k) package, came in dead last (31 percent), right after company reputation (41 percent).

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