According to a study 77% of millennials say that flexible work hours would make the workplace more productive for people their age, making the traditional concept of when and where to work outdated, and it just clearly isn’t going to work for the new generation of workers
Gone are the days when employees must conform to the traditional 9 to 5 work day, slogging in front of a screen or two, staring out the window, longing to be somewhere else, or even worse, stuck within a windowless cubicle clock-watching until 5pm when they sprint out the office, so they can get home and eat dinner in front of the tv, and repeat for the next 5 days.
Millennials don’t agree with this lifestyle, and it’s time for change. The main idea is to shift away from the set hours and not dictate when employees need to be in the office. There might not even be an office! As we all know, our predecessors find this idea foreign and it’s quite likely they are not going to like the change – but studies have shown that both employees and employers benefit from a flexible working environment. Millennials are determined to reshape the world of work because we know what environment we can not only perform in, but thrive.
Millennials value the blend of their work and personal lives, and allow for the two to overlap; giving staff the opportunity to control when they work and when they play, makes for more fulfilment.
“Family, friends and making a difference in their community are much more central to millennials than previous generations” – so how can one contribute to society when they are stuck behind screen from 9am-5pm.
Employers may fear, if they cannot see their employee, how will they get hold of them instantly, or ensure they are being productive with their time. The key to flexible working is the fact that millennials are experts in digital communication and therefore able to fully communicate instantly. We grew up glued to our smartphones, tablets and computers, so digital communication is second nature to millennials. Research has shown that working remotely increases productivity and the total number of hours worked, so why not put your employee’s skills in digital communication to good use and cultivate a remote workforce!
Loyalty and Stability
Millennials have often been branded and accused of ‘job-hoping’, however according to a 2017 Deloitte millennial survey, we are more likely to stay with an employer for over five years, rather than leave within two.
Research has shown that millennials are more likely to accept a job offer from an employer offering flexibility, and it is also likely to improve retention, as employees are happy within their roles. If the employee is happy, well-paid and has development opportunity at their firm, there is much less reason to leave – if we’re in control of how and when we get things done, why jump ship?
Companies are already implementing a variety of flexible practices; we just need to get more on board. Dell aims to have 50% of its global workforce on flexible schedules by 2020. There is no need to fear flextime and working remotely if it means increased satisfaction and productivity all around. Besides, adopting a flexible work environment will not only benefit millennials but future generations to come, and also may cut your overheads!
The end of the cubicle era is fastly approaching.