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

Added 27th of July, 2015

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

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