Work-life fluidity is a thing among candidates

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September 23, 2021 — Work-life fluidity is a thing among job candidates during the Great Resignation, according to data from professional staffing firm Kforce Inc. To back this up, Kforce said its recent survey of 1,500 US job seekers found that 70% said they would be most interested in flexible hours or the freedom to choose where they work when considering a job offer.

“Work-life fluidity is really creating more of a coexisting balance between work and life: that an employee can definitely have it all, but they now must set different boundaries … since many are working and living in the same place,” said Lindsay Weakley, Kforce’s senior VP of talent acquisition.

Previously, many people compartmentalized their days into work-life and home-life with little room to transition between the two during the day, Weakley said. That structure has gone out the window as employees switch rapidly between their daily tasks, jumping from school pick-up lines to conference calls to errands to team meetings.

Kforce also released information on other trends in the Great Resignation from its research:

Embrace new strategies to identify and attract top talent. As the Great Resignation persists, employees are empowered to build careers driven by personal motivators and choices. Companies have an opportunity to respond to this phenomenon by embracing innovative methods of attracting and retaining talent. “Organizations should expand their scope beyond local talent,” said Greg Glass, Kforce’s senior VP of human resources. “By embracing hybrid and/or remote models, companies open themselves to a more diversely qualified pool of candidates.”

Talent development is crucial for establishing dynamic workforces. One of the most significant shifts in the pandemic era is an increased focus on performance and impact versus the time spent in-seat. However, the diminished in-person face time means employees must put more effort into self-advocating, building trust with leadership and making their contributions known. The survey found 65% said the pandemic made them want to grow their skills.

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