Flexible working conditions have topped the chart (except for salary) in factors workplace happiness in British people. According to the research of 1,500 UK employees by Badenoch & Clark and titled ‘Multi-generational workforce’, 33% of people say adjustable hours are one of the most contributing aspect when seeking job satisfaction. However, 18% of those say that they feel uncomfortable asking about their flexible options.
The older generation feeling more comfortable discussing their options, with 42% of Baby Boomers saying they are happy to ask about the benefits they will receive as part of a role, compared to the just 7% of Gen Z (the youngest generation in the workforce at the moment) who are complacent in asking about any type of benefits during the interview process.
Nikki Coleman, Operations Director, Badenoch & Clark, said that more needs to be done to make jobseekers more comfortable to ask about their flexi options.
“In order to remain competitive in the UK’s current skills gap environment, which could be compounded further by Brexit, organisations need to pull out all the stops. It’s no surprise that flexible working is important to many employees and a lot of organisations now have agile working policies in place. Those businesses who make sure that flexible working does not become an ‘off-limit benefit’ will have a competitive advantage in the war for talent.”
For the youngest generations, career progression is the most important aspect with 33% of people saying it is the most popular benefit. After flexible working, 30% of employees prioritised benefits such as gym memberships, and private healthcare when choosing a job.