Employees Value Flexible Working First

As the government proposes changing working patterns for all employees across the country, flexible working has become the most valued benefit prospective job hunters value when researching new employment.

According to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), out of 1,167 UK professionals a staggering 47% favour flexible working above performance-related bonuses, second at 19%.

Flexible working was given fairly equal priority by men and women, with 41% and 54% respectively ranking this benefit the most valuable.  Additionally, a better work–life balance was seen as achievable in the long-term by 42% respondents rather than vastly increased responsibility and salaries, 39%.

“Two years of recession have changed people’s attitude towards work,” commented PwC Head of Human Resource Services, Michael Rendell.  “With companies mindful of taking on new employees, existing staff have been expected to do more with less.  Our survey indicates that employees may be feeling the pressure, with large numbers hoping for a better work–life balance in the future, and half saying they would rather work for themselves.”

The working environment has become stressful in recent years and employees are keener than ever to adapt their working hours to suit home lives.

Employers considering whether to implement flexible working before the government begins its plans for a universal rule should take note of PwC’s results and discover from their staff the desired course of action.

“With bonuses unpredictable in uncertain economic conditions, employees are looking for broader benefits,” added Mr Rendell.  “Companies that can adapt to the UK’s growing flexible working culture will be best placed to sustain morale and retain top talent when the job market becomes more buoyant.”