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Two-thirds would quit for more flexible job – OCG survey

The first-ever New Zealand survey about changes to the flexibility provisions in employment law highlights the growing risks for employers who are either unaware of their obligations, or are reluctant to comply with the new requirements.

The study, undertaken by recruitment firm OCG Consulting and Diversitas, an Auckland-based diversity consultancy, found that 68% of people would consider leaving their current role if offered a comparable job but with greater flexibility.

The study, undertaken by recruitment firm OCG Consulting and Diversitas, an Auckland-based diversity consultancy, found that 68% of people would consider leaving their current role if offered a comparable job but with greater flexibility.

Key findings from the report are:

  • Only28% of respondents have formal flexible working arrangements
  • Of those currently on a formal flexible working arrangement 69% were female with 'caring for family members' being the primary reason for needing flexibility
  • 46% of workers in the 31-45 year age group work flexibly
  • 80% of respondents stated work-life balance as a key benefit for flexible working, followed by 57% improved physical and mental well-being, and 48% the ability to balance caring responsibilities with work obligations
  • 49% of Millennials stated pursuing personal hobbies as the primary reason for wanting flexibility
  • The number one barrier in applying for flexible working arrangements is an organisational culture of 'presenteeism' or the need to be "seen at work", versus output.
  • However those companies who have embraced flexible working report an impressive 71% positive impact on employee commitment and engagement, and as a result increased loyalty and staff retention.

To receive a copy of the OCG Flexible Workforce design research report contact your OCG Recruitment Consultant