4/20/2012

Could Virtual Offices Stem the Tide of Job Changers?

TROY—Disengaged. That’s the key word to describe many employees across the United States. Less than half of workers feel valued by their employers and more than 25 percent say they frequently think about quitting. So says a survey from Kelly Services.

What’s more 62 percent of those surveyed indicated that they intend to look for a new job with another employer within the next year. Could virtual offices help stem the tide?

"Employees have experienced unprecedented economic turmoil, creating anxiety over their future career goals,” says Steve Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager at Kelly Services. “As economic conditions improve, it is in the best interest of employers to offer meaningful work and ongoing opportunities for growth.”

Among the main workforce generations, Gen Y (aged 19-30) are the most likely to switch employers, with 66 percent planning to look for another position in the next year, compared with 62 percent of Gen X (31-48) and Baby Boomers (49-66).

Noteworthy is the fact that Gen Y is also helping to drive the office of the future, which includes virtual offices and coworking among a distributed workforce. And much of Gen X also embraces the concept of virtual offices. Companies that incorporate telecommuting and other flexible work arrangements could help retain top talent as the economy continues recovering.

Here are some additional stats:

  • 48% say they are happy in their jobs

  • 42% say their current employment provides them with a sense of meaning

  • 78% say the ability to excel or develop is key to providing a sense of meaning

  • 36% use social media networks when making career or employment decisions


Again, virtual offices can help keep employees happier by giving them more freedom and flexibility. Virtual education programs, likewise, can give employees new skills to help them excel in their jobs and find more meaning.

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