Study: Flexible Work Hours Help Attract Young Professionals

Young professionals want more than a good job. They want to use social media, mobile devices, and the Internet more freely in the workplace—and they want flexible work hours.

In fact, they want all of this so much that these factors are strong enough to influence their job choice—sometimes more than salary. So says an international study from Cisco’s latest Connected World Technology Report.

The report highlight’s the younger generation workforce's demand to work remotely with more flexibility in their choice of devices. This demand illustrates the importance of the relationship between the Internet, workforce culture, and companies' competitive advantages, and surprisingly indicates that traditional methods of attracting and retaining young employees may be less important as the 'Millennial' generation comprises more of the workforce.

Employees are expecting greater work flexibility. At least one in four employees (29%) globally said the absence of remote access would influence their job decisions, such as leaving companies sooner rather than later, slacking off, or declining job offers outright. This hints that companies needs to deploy alternative workplace strategies that allow telecommuting from virtual offices.

Three out of 10 students globally (29%) feel that once they begin working, it will be their right—more than a privilege—to be able to work remotely with a flexible schedule. Think about it. Virtual office technologies are more and more being considered a right more than a privilege. Although we’ve seen this with Gen X and Gen Y, the next generation of professionals are pushing the virtual office envelope.

Seven of 10 college students (70%) believe it is unnecessary to be in the office regularly, with the exception of an important meeting. In fact, one in four feel their productivity would increase if they were allowed to work from home or remotely. The global figures were mirrored by employees as well, with 69% believing office attendance was unnecessary on a regular basis. Younger professionals want to work from a virtual office. They want to be mobile.

The future of the workplace is coming upon us quickly. As these young professionals mature and become the leaders of corporations, they will drive virtual office technologies deeper into the enterprise. But until then, many will choose to work for companies that already are.

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