The Future Of The New Zealand Workplace

Flexible Work Schedules, Telecommuting

New research reveals Kiwis’ strong preference for flexible workplaces

The results of the research conducted by Randstad is good news for disabled jobseekers who seek flexibility in the workplace. It is well documented that the disabled sector of the community can compete with and very often surpass their non disabled counterparts, if flexible hours are implemented. So Randstad’s latest findings --- which reveals that more than 70% of New Zealand employees want to work remotely, or telecommute, for at least part of their working hours --- bodes well for the disabled employee

The summary of the research is below

New research from recruitment and HR services firm, Randstad, suggests implementing flexible work arrangements could be the key to New Zealand employers attracting and retaining quality staff.

The annual Randstad Award employer branding research, which asked Kiwis their thoughts on workplace flexibility, among other topics, reveals. In addition, up to 55% would prefer variable working schedules. Results vary slightly between men and women, with 28% of men preferring to work in the office every workday, compared to 26% of women.

Country Manger of Randstad New Zealand, Brien Keegan, speaking ahead of the company’s annual Randstad Award on 14 April, says this research provides a strong indication to employers that the days of the 9 to 5 office workday are well gone.

“It’s critical for employers to consider their attractiveness as an employer in today’s competitive talent environment. People are an organisation’s greatest asset and differentiator. The Randstad Award research will give employers the insights they need to continually shape their employer brand to appeal to today’s jobseekers.

“Flexible working options clearly appeals to most New Zealand workers. Employers should leverage this opportunity and take advantage of technology to offer employees the opportunity to telecommute, and investigate other ways employees can work flexibly.

“New Zealand’s talent market is very competitive, particularly for skilled knowledge workers. By tapping into the desires of New Zealand jobseekers, employers will increase their chances of attracting and retaining the best talent and give their businesses the competitive edge,” says Keegan.

The Randstad Award research, which captures the perceptions of over 200,000 potential job seekers from 25 countries including New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America and China, found that on average 71% of New Zealand employees stated having a healthier work-life balance and less stress was their main motivator for working less.

Mr Keegan says he’s not surprised by the findings of the research, which polled 7,017 working age New Zealanders.

“Experiencing a positive work-life balance is key for employees. Our research found that 64% of those surveyed stated a good work-life balance was their number one reason for staying with their current employer; while 33% stated work-life balance issues was a reason to change employers.”