Millennials have over time been considered as a tech-savvy generation with advanced and diverse approaches to the work space. The BrighterMonday survey report shows that 63.3% of millennials prefer a flexible work schedule which fits their needs and improves productivity.
A quick poll on the BrighterMonday Twitter account revealed that most young people in the workplace desire flexibility of working both in the office and remotely. They would like to have a bit of both worlds. The following reasons explain why millennials want flexibility at work and its importance.
Flexibility Compliments Work-Life Balance
Having the ability to balance work and family life or other fun activities makes flexibility a desirable trait in a company when looking at employer options. More employees want to be identified for the input they have in their work space while still being available for their friends and families. A company must know why millennials want flexibility at work and how it impacts on its growth. Companies that allow their employees flexibility have more engaged and loyal employees.
Flexibility Promotes Advancing of Skills
Most people in the workplace wish to advance their careers over time. Millennials, in specific, consider opportunities for career advancement as a requirement when considering a job offer. Career advancement opportunities require a good measure of flexibility. It involves spending time retaining, learning a new skill, going for workshops and seminars etc. Incorporating their personal development initiatives while still hitting business targets for employers motivates this group to be more productive and ambitious, a quality desirable to most employers.
Flexibility is Supported by Technology
The ability to access and use certain aspects of technology has made the concept of flexibility real and natural. Different tools are now used for communication, project tracking and team collaboration to ensure that teams are in sync on important aspects of a project despite their varied geographical locations. Millennials are not only tech-savvy, but tech dependent too. Their uptake for upcoming technological trends is driven by their desire to make processes and life easier. Hence the rationalization of flexibility in the workplace.
Flexibility Simplifies Work Demands
Most employees in the workplace know when they are most productive. There are those who are early birds and prefer to knock out most of their targets early in the morning because their brains take a trip in the afternoons. Then there are those whose brains ‘wake up’ after 10 o’clock tea and work best into the evening. Imagine a world where everyone worked when they’re most productive. This of course depends on the nature of one’s role. Flexibility in the workplace coupled with great technology allows for early birds to rise up and get things done even before getting to the office and night owls to get their tasks done before settling in the previous night. This kind of flexibility not only allows the millennial to work when they’re most productive, but to incorporate other parts of their lives too.
As workplace dynamics change, flexibility will make more sense and become more natural. With the giant leaps in technology being experienced, the influx of more international companies with different work cultures, things are bound to change in the Kenyan workspace don’t you think?