New Zealand – Employees prefer flexible working hours to more holidays

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By (Danny Romero)

Employers in New Zealand say their workers prefer flexible working arrangements rather than more holidays, according to research from Robert Half New Zealand.

The research showed that when asked about additional benefits other than more pay, 55% of New Zealand CFOs say flexible working hours top their employees’ wish list, followed by 23% who say more time off.

“New Zealand workers would value flexible working hours,” Megan Alexander, General Manager Robert Half New Zealand said.” In the digital age and with a more mobile workforce, it’s no longer the case that every employee needs to be in the office from 9 to 5 to be productive. In many cases, managers are actively encouraging their employees to take advantage of their flexible work arrangements as they constitute an attractive alternative to salary increases.”

“Companies can differentiate themselves by offering little extras, such as flexible working hours, the option to work from home and more holidays. Not only will this boost staff morale and productivity, but companies are also recognising the added value in gaining the reputation of an employer of choice, helping boost their talent acquisition strategies.”

Robert Half states that the emphasis on flexibility can also refer to tangible non-financial benefits that extend far beyond offering flexible hours and working from home. Other benefits, such as childcare facilities, laundry and ironing services, sports facilities and medical care, also fall into this category, even if 7% of CFOs think it tops their employees’ wish list.

“It appears, above all else, Kiwi workers would prefer a more flexible attitude towards their set working hours rather than more time off or other non-financial incentives. These benefits can go both ways, as the potential advantages for employers are well-known – such as reduced costs, improved output and increasing employee loyalty. When flexible working is used appropriately with the necessary level of buy-in from both employers and employees, it can be to everyone’s advantage,” Alexander said.

Source:: Staffing Industry Analysts Daily Newsfeed


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