WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE TRADITIONAL WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
- Nearly 1/3 of US workers consider work-life balance and flexibility to be the most important factor when considering job offers.
- Gen Xers are 3x as likely to quit a job due to lack of flexibility than baby boomers.
- Flexible work practices reduce stress the leading cause if unscheduled absences and a factor in high turnover, which costs US employers about $300 billion.
- A study suggests that telecommuting workers find it easier to balance work and family life. Telecommuting alone cuts absenteeism by nearly 60%.
- In a survey of 150 senior-level corporate executives 90% said that flexible workplace strategies help organizations to meet business goals.
- In a two-year study of 1.400 workers 60% of managers & 87% of workers reported that workplace flexibility increased productivity.
- Workplace flexibility aids in attracting talented, experienced, and committed workers. Workers in flexible arrangements are happier, more productive, and more loyal to employers.
- Beyond the 9 to 5 traditional work week: 1) 1 in 5 people will have checked their work email before 7 am; 2) 60% of workers check their email before 8:30 in the morning and 60% check it after 6:30 in the evening.
- Overall, the average person: 1) 7:42 am - starts checking their work email; 2) 8:18 am - gets into the office; 3) 5:48 am- leaves the office; 4) 7:19 am - stops working fully.
- This means that even though they are not in the office the whole time, they are in work mode for 12 hours a day on average.
- 73% of bosses have a relaxed attitude to time keeping, as they trust their staff are working long before they get to the office and after the clock strikes 5 pm.
- 80% of bosses say that they think it is acceptable to call staff in the evening.
- 3/4 of employers now give mobile tools to their teams to empower them to get their work done whenever they are.
- 20% of US employers provide their workers with the technology to access everything on the go, including email, network drives and applications, and front and back-office cloud services.
Technology and workplace flexibility programs gave redefined how, when, and where work gets done
- The technology transformation of the traditional office: 1) Conference calling: Google hangout; Skype; Halo System; Pocket projectors; Internal chat systems; 2) Office services like: Zero Mobile Print; Cisco WebEx;
3) Laptop computer: Email; 4) Tablet; 5) Smartphone; 6) Beyond the traditional desk: Network servers.
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