In the News: Survey finds employees want flexibility in the workplace

Softchoice, an IT solutions and managed services provider, recently unveiled a new study dubbed “Death of the Desk Job” that highlights exactly why employees just won’t stay in their cubicles!

According to the study, which included the responses of 1,700 full-time employees in the U.S. and Canada. 78 percent of workers highly value the ability to access work from outside the office and 70 percent would leave their job for one that offers more flexibility, including the ability to work remotely more often.

Further, the survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe they’re more productive working outside the office and 61 percent stated that they prefer working the equivalent of an eight-hour workday, but broken up over a longer period rather than in a single unit of time.

As technology allows people to work when they want, where they want and how they want, “employees demand” flexibility, noted Francis Li, vice president of information technology at Softchoice. He added that employees have an expectation now that is very different from previous generations in that they expect their companies to support this more fluid approach to work.

So, while workers want a more flexible work environment, the survey reveals that most companies are not doing all that they can to allow it. For example, the survey shows that 59 percent of employees receive a device from their employer for work in and out of the office, but only 24 percent of companies have established clear policies and expectations around appropriate work activities after business hours.

But can it really benefit you, as a company, to offer these options? According to Softchoice, 57 percent of employees can work remotely on personal or sick days, and 44 percent worked during their most recent vacation. Further, the employees themselves stated that working remotely has freed up their personal lives and approximately three-quarters reported that they’re able to keep more family, social and personal commitments because they can remotely access work any time they need.

To see an infographic on the survey, check out: