Mobile Workforce Offers Challenges, Opportunities for Businesses
The Softchoice study found 70 percent of respondents would leave their job for one that offers more workday flexibility.Employees want more freedom over where and when they work and they're willing to quit to get it, according to a survey of 1,700 North American full-time employees by managed services provider Softchoice. The study found that 78 percent of employees highly value the ability to access work from outside the office, and 70 percent would leave their job for one that offers more workday flexibility, including the ability to work remotely more often. "Technology plays a huge role in supporting flexible work environments. A key element to promoting a more flexible and mobile workforce is making it easy for employees to securely access work data wherever they are, whether they're at their desk or in a meeting room, at home or in a coffee shop," Francis Li, vice president of information technology at Softchoice, told eWEEK. "Whether employers supply their employees with a device—like a laptop or smartphone—or they want to access work data from their own device, businesses must be agile enough to accommodate that." Li explained that once you've created that agility and seamless transition from office to home to anywhere, it opens the door for employees to take more control over where and when they work.
The study also found that 55 percent of employees have more flexible work hours than they did two to three years ago. In addition, 75 percent of employees said they're able to keep more family, social and personal commitments because they can remotely access work anytime they need.