In candidate-driven markets like digital and technology, it can be hard to persuade the best talent to join your organisation. Candidates have an increasingly long list of demands beyond pay: they want to work for diverse organisations, they want to work for a company they believe in, and more and more, they want to be able to work flexibly.
It’s true that right now, digital and technology is less of a candidate-driven market than it once was. But this is expected to revert back to how things were in 2019 and early 2020; as the economy recovers (with the digital and tech sectors likely leading the way), the power will be in the hands of candidates once again.
That means you should seriously consider offering hybrid working. Enforced remote working has not been easy, but it’s been proved beyond all doubt that it’s possible, and many millions of employees don’t want to go back to the way things were.
A poll of our LinkedIn followers, for example, found that most would prefer some combination of home and office working – often referred to as hybrid or flexible work – with the most popular choice being three or four days per week working from home.
Below are some important reasons why flexible working is good for your organisation, some of the ways in which you can implement a flexible working regime – and why you should continue to offer flexible working beyond the covid-19 era.