Unify, a leading communications software and services firm, has published a new index in its New Way to Work volume that revealed that more than 43 percent of employees surveyed would prefer flex work over a pay raise. The findings pointed to the rise of legal actions or “Right to Request” laws around the world that are giving employees the right to request flex work. This trend, and an improved job market have led to the development of what Unify dubs the “Flex Work Imperative.” This imperative is the combination of employee demand, an improving job market, and numerous laws that are shifting flex work from being a job perk to an employee’s right.
“Employees are serious about flex work,” said Bill Hurley, Chief Marketing Officer at Unify. “In addition to nearly half of all employees preferring flex work over a pay raise, nearly one third said they would change employers if offered flexible work elsewhere. It is time to get on board—business leaders who ignore the Flex Work Imperative could find themselves suffering the loss of their best employees.”
In the full report, Unify provides best practices for how businesses can successfully implement flex work. It emphasizes how many employees would be satisfied with a few days per week working from home; or the ability to work in the office for part of the day, and then finish at home. Additionally, businesses can establish and document a virtual team code of conduct that outlines the things employees must do in order to make flex work successful.