June 12, 2019
Lack of flexible working risks talent exodus
New results from Wildgoose’s Flexible Working survey suggests that a significant number of UK employees are seeking out flexible working to better juggle life both in and out of work, without compromising productivity. The latest findings follow on from the organisation’s other successful insights surveys exploring diversity & inclusion and mental health in the workplace.
The results suggest that in organisations where flexible working isn’t allowed, almost 15 percent of employees are seriously considering moving to a more flexible organisation, with another 42 percent likely to have their heads turned should a more flexible role come along. These statistics present a real danger for companies who fail to catch on, as they could find themselves struggling to attract and retain top talent who seek a more flexible working style.
“If companies value the contribution their staff bring to the table, then giving them the freedom to flex their working hours is a no-brainer”
Other significant survey results suggest the positive impact flexible working can have on mental health, with 39 percent of employees seeing a marked improvement in their mental health since starting a more flexible work routine. A further 43 percent of UK employees (who currently can’t work flexibly) feel that in doing so, they would be able to better manage their mental health. These figures not only demonstrate compelling wellbeing benefits, but also business benefits as companies who adopt flexible working will likely see a drop in workplace absence.
Commenting on the survey findings Jonny Edser, Founder and Managing Director of Wildgoose said “The results from our survey highlight the real benefits that adopting flexible working can offer to both employees and employers. We understand that everyone has a life outside of work that doesn’t always fit around the typical 9-5. Trusting your employees to work at times that suit them is fundamental to maintaining productivity and employee wellbeing.”