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Flexibility in the workplace is key

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 3:45pm

A new Irish survey on the importance of flexibility in the workplace has revealed that two thirds of people surveyed said that flexibility is the most important thing for them when looking for a job. 

Salary and location were only rated at eight per cent and thirteen per cent respectively.

The survey also found that four out of five people believe that flexible work should be a legal right for everyone in the workplace.

Just slightly over half of those surveyed said they work in a flexible workplace while two in five don’t know if their company even has a flexible work policy. Nine out of ten people said they would leave their current job if they were offered flexibility in another role.

The survey, which was conducted in early September of more than 670 people across Ireland was conducted by flexible recruitment agency, Employflex, which was launched in Cork recently.

Employflex places its candidates in roles that include part time, job share, remote work, compressed hours and term time. They say that they are different to other recruitment agencies in the market in that they cater for a specific need for employees.

Founder of Employflex, Karen O’Reilly said: “This survey points out the desire of employees for flexible work, above silly perks, salary and even career progression. In today’s world, flexibility at work is possible with the developments in technology.

“It is alarming to see from the survey that so many people would not feel comfortable asking for flexible work but when it comes to the priority for employees, it is all about flexibility. We are standing on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution but many companies are still stuck back in the stone age when it comes to allowing flexibility in the workplace.”

Employflex is a new arm of the flexible employment agency, Employmum. Established four years ago, Employmum has expanded its operations with the opening of offices in Limerick and Cork and soon will have a presence in Dublin. Employmum places its clients in flexible roles that include full time with flexibility, part time, job share, remote work, compressed hours and term time.

Today 30 per cent of the company’s placements are now male and 50 per cent of their candidates are not parents. The name Employmum would not suggest this and as a result they are launching Employflex.

Founder of Employflex, Karen O’Reilly said: “Flexible work should be for everyone - not just mums and parents. Flexible work works for people with mental or physical disabilities, for people who want balance in their lives, who have a hobby and want to surf on a Friday afternoon and for people studying or caring for a relative. Flexible work levels the playing field for everyone in the workplace - in the age of technology, we should be embracing the advantages that technology offers us and not stay shackled to a model of presentee-ism and clock watching.”

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